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Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts

Contact the Tattooing Program

Latest Recall - March 27, 2018

Recently recalls made by Fusion Tattoo Ink and by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled certain tattoo inks due to microbial contamination.  The inks are made by Fusion Tattoo Ink and are  currently listed on the  FDA's website, including Royal Blue Glycerin, Pretty Purple, and Gamma Green, indicating the shade.

Artists and consumers who purchase tattoo inks or who seek tattooing should examine the ink bottles and determine whether the product is part of the recall. Artists and consumers should not use and should dispose of tattoo inks that have been recalled.

Anyone receiving a tattoo is at risk for infection, but particularly vulnerable are those with pre-existing heart or circulatory disease, diabetes, or patients with compromised immune systems. Clients should monitor the tattoo site closely and seek medical care if they notice redness, swelling, itching, bumps or blemishes, or have pain in the area of the tattoo that does not go away. Tattoo establishment owners and artists should refer any client noticing these symptoms to seek medical care as well.

Florida tattoo establishment owners and artists should report knowledge of any client or cluster of clients with ink-related adverse side effects to the local county health department having jurisdiction of the tattooing program.

For details on the recalls listed above,

  1. Please visit Enforcement Reports
  2. Select “Advanced Search”
  3. Enter the company name under “Recalling Firm”
  4. Select “Search”

August 14, 2015

Recalls made by A Thousand Virgins, Inc. and by the Food and Drug Administration recalled certain tattoo inks sold separately and in sets. The inks are made by A Thousand Virgins, Inc. and are labeled “G1,” “G2” and “G3,” indicating the shade, and “Lot #129 Exp. 1/16.” Unopened inks, manufactured in Florida and collected during the investigation, were found to contain harmful microorganisms, including Mycobacterium chelonae.

Artists and consumers who purchase tattoo inks or who seek tattooing should examine the ink bottles and determine whether the product is part of the recall. Artists and consumers should not use and should dispose of tattoo inks that have been recalled. 

Anyone receiving a tattoo is at risk for infection, but particularly vulnerable are those with pre-existing heart or circulatory disease, diabetes, or patients with compromised immune systems. Clients should monitor the tattoo site closely and seek medical care if they notice redness, swelling, itching, bumps or blemishes, or have pain in the area of the tattoo that does not go away. Tattoo establishment owners and artists should refer any client noticing these symptoms to seek medical care as well.

Florida tattoo establishment owners and artists should report knowledge of any client or cluster of clients with ink-related adverse side effects to the local county health department having jurisdiction of the tattooing program.

Mycobacterium chelonae is commonly present in tap water and is not reliably removed by filtration or by boiling for short periods. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA recommend tattoo artists avoid contamination of ink by only using single use sterile water products for dilution of inks and washes as tap water, distilled water, filtered water, reverse osmosis water, or other non-sterile water has the potential to be contaminated.