Tainted Tattoo Alert



SACRAMENTO — Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer, today warned consumers not to use White & Blue Lion tattoo products because testing has found microbial bacterial contamination in both the inks and needles.

Use of the contaminated inks or needles may result in bacterial infection and can lead to sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. One illness has been linked to the affected products at this time.

White & Blue Lion, Inc. of City of Industry, California, is voluntarily recalling the following varieties of tattoo products: Tattoo Ink, Tattoo Needles, and Tattoo Kits incorporating tattoo ink and needles.

These products were distributed by White & Blue Lion and sold separately by 8Decades and White & Blue Lion, Inc. online.

Product labeling on the Inks indicate a “Best if used by date” of “16/12/16” (December 16, 2016). Photographs of the affected packages can be found on FDA’s website at Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Tattoo Ink, Tattoo Needles, and Tattoo Kits Due to Microbial Contamination – Photos.

The recalled products were sold separately and in kits by 8Decades and White & Blue Lion, Inc. through www.amazon.com.

Consumers in possession of the recalled products should discard the products following acceptable biohazard and sharps disposal methods.

CDPH recommends that consumers experiencing any ill effects after use of these products should consult their health care provider.

Consumers that observed the product being offered for sale are encouraged to report the activity to the CDPH toll-free complaint line at (800) 495-3232.