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Popular tattoo ink recalled by FDA due to bacterial contamination

Posted: 6:39 AM, May 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-16 09:39:54-04
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The Food and Drug Administration has recalled several types of tattoo ink after determining they were contaminated with bacteria.

One of them is the popular black ink made by Dynamic Color. The FDA found that two of their lots tested positive for microorganisms.

The recall includes all bottles of Scalpaink SC , Scalpaink PA , and Scalpaink AL basic black tattoo inks manufactured by Scalp Aesthetics.

One lot of Color Art’s red Solid Ink- Diablo was also included.

Tattoo shops across the country were contacted through their local health departments about the recall.

One of the largest tattoo parlors in San Diego, SD Tattoo, says they got the email Wednesday morning and immediately searched through their inks.

They did have the Dynamic black ink, but tattoo artist Nicki Ninteman said, "We checked all the lot numbers and all of ours are clean, so we’re good."

She said they didn't have either of the other two brands in the shop.

According to the FDA, people who have been tattooed with contaminated ink can experience rashes or lesions of red papules. If untreated, contaminated ink can also cause permanent scarring.

For more information one the FDA recall, visit their website .

This story was originally written by KGTV.