Bacteria Found in Tattoo Ink

Getting Inked Can Have a Major Trade-Off

We've all heard about the risks that come with using dirty needles on tattoos. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now warning that tattoo ink can also cause bad skin reactions and other health problems.

In July, White & Blue Lion Inc. was forced to recall their tattoo inks after discovering that unopened bottles were contaminated with bacteria. When the bacteria from impure ink enters the bloodstream, individuals may come down with a fever and experience chills or sweats. The contamination can also cause blisters, redness, and swelling at the tattooed area, and in extreme cases, may lead to life-threatening complications. Reports related to tainted tattoo ink have started to emerge, with at least one skin infection directly connected to the company's product.

Several of the recalled ink bottles display a multi-colored Chinese dragon with black and white lettering. A telling sign that ink may be contaminated is when it comes from a bottle with no brand name or manufacturer location listed. The FDA explains that the level of safety regulation varies by state and recommends that consumers carefully check the labels on the bottles before taking the plunge.

Earlier this year, the FDA also released a warning concerning spray-on temporary tattoos, a popular trend among young children and teens. The biggest threat is with black henna, which can contain harmful chemicals and color additives that lead to allergic reactions.

Were You or Your Child Injured by a Dangerous Product?

Even with taking the necessary safety precautions, products and services can have harmful side effects and put your health at risk. If you or a loved one were injured by an unsafe product, you may have a case.

Contact our firm today to see what we can do for you. Your legal consultation is free, and there's never an obligation to use our services. Talk to us, and we'll fight for you.

Source: “FDA: Contaminated tattoo ink causing infections.” CBS News. August 7, 2014.

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