FDA Warns of Infection Risk in Home Tattoo Kits
(HealthDay News) — Inks in some home tattoo kits are contaminated and could cause skin infections, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
The agency issued the warning after tests confirmed bacterial contamination in unopened home tattoo kits marketed by White and Blue Lion Inc.
"FDA has confirmed one case of skin infection involving a consumer that used this company's tattoo products, and we are aware of other reports linked to tattoo products with similar packaging," Linda Katz, MD, MPH, director of the FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors, said in an agency news release.
White and Blue Lion recalled the contaminated products on July 11. However, there are concerns that consumers and professional tattoo artists may be buying or using contaminated home tattoo kits and inks from other distributors, the FDA said.