Tattoo Ink Linked To Cancer
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
The FDA has issued a warning about the increased risks of infections and
allergic reactions associated with
tattoo ink. As the tattoo industry grows to a billion dollar business, the FDA has
seen a dramatic increase in complaints. According to the agency officials,
there is not one tattoo ink even approved for use in tattooing from the
FDA. A dermatologist at UC San Diego Health, says there is a serious concern
with the ingredients in the ink. The industry is very regulation.
The FDA states that many of the pigments in tattoo inks are from industrial-grade
colors primarily used for automobile paint and printers ink. According
to the dermatologist at UC San Diego Health, these inks contain heavy
metals or minerals like cobalt or cadmium. These minerals can cause many
different types of problems such as allergic skin rashes, inflammatory
reactions or even types of skin cancer.
The dermatologist says it is important for consumers to understand the
tattoos are not just a harmless paint going into your skin. While many
are concerned with developing infections from mycobacteria and germs contracted
from an unsterile environment, the ingredients in the ink are rarely given
a second thought.
According to the FDA, seven voluntary recalls of tattoo inks have been
issued since 2004. One if these recalls stemmed from a contaminated ink
that caused 19 people to contract a serious infection. While there are
some trusted ink suppliers, inks nationwide deserve more scrutiny. The
FDA has a new process to look for harmful toxins in ink and is currently
trying to develop methods to identify the ingredients in color pigments.
As for now, there are no regulations for tattoo ink.
If you have developed a serious infection or lifelong injury from a procedure
performed by a licensed professional, please
contact a personal injury attorney at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC, immediately.
Schedule a compensation strategy consultation for free.