Tattoo Ink Contamination Prompts Nationwide Recall

Published 08/07 2014 09:30PM

Updated 08/07 2014 09:36PM

Thinking about getting inked? The FDA warns you should check the bottle first.

The Food and Drug Administration sends out a warning to all tattoo parlors, their customers, and people buying at-home tattoo kits that the ink may not be safe.

White and Blue Lion Ink, a California-based company, recalls its in-home tattoo kits.

Testing found a bacterial contamination in the company's ink.

Many of the kits are sold online, so it's a nationwide problem.

"That's your life. It's going to effect your bloodstream. It's a little different than a recall on a car," says Debbie Slygh.

A California-based company recalls some tattoo ink and needles after testing discovers a bacteria in its products.

The FDA says the contamination could lead to blood poisoning, and possibly, death.

"I don't think I have one friend that doesn't have any tattoos, so I'm kind of concerned," says Shawn Rickard.

People like Shawn Rickard and Debbie Slygh say they do not have ink, but worry about those who do.

"This is not the tattoo artists fault or problem, this is a company that had a bad batch of ink," says Rickard

Dwayne Caldwall with the Vanderburgh County Health Department says, locally, there's some good news.

None of the licensed parlors in the area reported using the recalled products.

"The thing that concerns me are the children or teenagers, who may have ordered this off-line. Or, perhaps the people who are unlicensed, we call scratchers, who are ordering it and using it at home, and are unaware that this may cause problems," says Dwayne Caldwall.

Caldwell says you should always go to a licensed parlor. He says to be on the look out if you know someone who purchased one of these at-home kits.

"There's definitely benefits to it being a friend, somebody you're more comfortable with," says Megan Haug

Megan Haug says it comes down to who you can trust. She says anyone could have purchased the company's product.

"I would rather go to a friend, somebody that I know. That connection means more than somebody that has a license," says Haug.

Others say, zero ink means zero risk.

"Even though they are saying they are licensed, they're using clean things, all of this stuff, and they are showing that its coming out of a wrapper, that doesn't mean that it's one-hundred percent. I mean, you are taking a chance anytime you do that," adds Slygh.

If you believe you may have purchased one of White and Blue Lion's contaminated kits, the Vanderburgh County Health Department says you should contact the company. Do not use any of the ink or needles inside the kit.


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