Tattoo Inks and Needles Recalled for Bacterial Infection Risk

Tattoo Inks and Needles Recalled for Bacterial Infection RiskAugust 11, 2014 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Safety Alert about the risk of tattoo infections from at-home tattoo inks and needles sold by White and Blue Lion Inc. and 8Decades.

The FDA has confirmed bacterial contamination in unopened bottles of ink and on the needles included in tattoo kits. The FDA is concerned that consumers are still at risk because the manufacturer is continuing to sell different products in a similar type of package. The recalled products and similar products should not be used.

White and Blue Lion, Inc. initiated the recall on July 11. They identified a wide variety of bacteria that could cause infection. One infection was reported at that time.

The FDA warns that injecting contaminated ink into the skin or using contaminated needles can cause infections at the site of the tattoo. The infections can also spread throughout the body and bloodstream. Patients may need to be treated with hospitalization, antibiotics, or surgery.

According to the FDA:

“Sepsis, a potentially life-threatening body-wide infection of the blood, may result. Once the infection has healed, the area may remain permanently scarred.”

Tattoo infections can also be particularly serious in patients with pre-existing heart or circulatory disease, diabetes, or people with weakened immune systems.

The recalled products are sold individually and also in kits. The inks carry a dragon logo on the packaging. The contaminated inks are sold individually and also in kits containing between 5 and 54 or more bottles or inks in various colors. The products are widely sold on www.ebay.com and www.amazon.com.

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