FDA warns that tattoo inks can cause infections

FDA warns that tattoo inks can cause infections

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: A tattoo enthusiast has his chest tattooed at the London Tattoo Convention in Tobacco Dock on September 27, 2013 in London, England. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world are to showcase their body art in 26 halls at the convention which also features live music and tattoo competitions. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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by Associated press

KMOV.com

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 6:22 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying at-home tattoo kits that not all tattoo ink is safe.

Last month, California company White and Blue Lion Inc. recalled inks in in-home tattoo kits after testing confirmed bacterial contamination in unopened bottles.

At least one skin infection has been linked to the company’s products, and FDA officials say they are aware of other infections linked to inks with similar packaging.

People getting tattoos can get infections in the skin even in the cleanest conditions. The ink can carry bacteria that can spread through the bloodstream—a process called sepsis. Less severe infections may involve bumps on the skin, discharge, redness, swelling and pain at the site.

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