Tattoo ink recall: FDA alerts consumers about contaminated ink

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting costumers, tattoo artists and retailers about the dangers of ink contaminated with bacteria, issuing a recall.

According to the FDA, common symptoms of tattoo-ink related infections include the appearance of rashes or lesions consisting of red papules in areas where the contaminated ink has been applied.

"Indications of an infection can be difficult to recognize as other conditions (e.g., allergic reactions) may initially have similar signs and symptoms, leading to misdiagnosis and ineffective treatments."

Artist and retailers should avoid using or selling the inks described as well due to the risk for infection and injury.

Customers who have experience infection symptoms should consult their doctors or a medical professional and inform their tattoo artist.

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