The Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products (RAPEX)

Alert number: A12/0644/17

Product:  Tattoo or permanent make-up ink

Name: Lining - Tribal - Tattoo ink

Batch number / Barcode:  Batch 2013 mar 29, MFG date 23-03-2013, Exp. date : 23-03-2018

Type of alert: Serious

Category: Chemical products

Brand: Kokkai Sumi Ink

Type / number of model:  Unknown

Risk type: Chemical
The product contains cadmium (measured value: 0.53 mg/kg) and lead (measured value: 19.19 mg/kg). Cadmium accumulates in the body and can cause damage to bones and kidneys if absorbed from the tattoo and exposure to lead is harmful for human health and can cause developmental neurotoxicity.

The Council of Europe Resolution ResAP (2008)1 on requirements and criteria for the safety of tattoos and permanent make-up recommends that the levels of lead in tattoo inks do not exceed 2 mg/kg and that the level of cadmium does not exceed 0.2 mg/kg.

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Ban on the marketing of the product and any accompanying measures

Description:  Ink for tattoos or permanent make-up in a 1oz bottle.

Country of origin: China

Alert submitted by: The Netherlands