Think Twice Before Getting Inked

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)-- The FDA is warning that some of the ink used could contain bacteria.
This comes a month after a recall was issued for at-home tattoo kits after several unopened bottles were found to be contaminated with bacteria.

The FDA says there have been reports of people getting infections from using these inks. The bacteria in the ink can spread through the bloodstream.

Some tattoo shops in our area say they have protocols in place to help prevent this from happening.

"We log our ink in with the batch and all that on it, and track what we use it on. So if there's a problem, we can catch early on who used that batch and usually early treatment is a lot better than too late,' said Neil Heslep, the owner of Extreme Expressions tattoo parlor, 'I definitely don't want to be the one to give somebody something or pass it on from one to the other, so it's very important."

The FDA says they've also received reports of bad reactions to the ink years after getting the tattoo.


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