August 5, 2015 — Tattoo ink sold by Miami-based “A Thousand Virgins” Corp. has been recalled due to fungal and bacterial contamination that could lead to a life-threatening infection.
The FDA found several contaminants, including Mycobacterium chelonae and Microbacterium bacteria. The molds Cryptococcus albidus and Penicillium genus were also found.
Recalled products included grey wash inks (G1, G2, and G3), marked with Lot #129 and an expiration date of January 2016 (1/16).
The FDA warned about the risk of sepsis, a whole-body inflammatory reaction that occurs when bacteria or fungi poison the bloodstream:
“Use of these products may cause bacterial infection and can lead to sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection.”
No infections have been conclusively linked to the inks with laboratory analyses.
Almost exactly one year ago, the FDA recalled ink in at-home tattoo kits sold by White & Blue Lion Inc. after one infection was confirmed from the products. Other infections were also linked to tattoo inks with similar packaging.
People who develop serious infections after getting a tattoo should seek medical attention. Even minor infections can cause skin bumps, inflammation, redness, swelling, severe pain, and permanent disfigurement of the tattoo.