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

Alert number: A12/0653/17

Product:  Tattoo ink

Name: True black

Batch number / Barcode:  batch BK122IMX40; Lot SS211; expiry date 06/30/2020

Type of alert: Serious

Category: Chemical products

Brand: Intenze

Type / number of model:  Unknown

Risk type: Chemical
The product contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)s, including naphthalene (measured values: naphthalene: 2.25 mg/kg; total of PAHs: 2.38 mg/kg). Some PAHs are carcinogenic. Naphthalene is a carcinogenic substance for which a safe level cannot be established.

The Council of Europe Resolution ResAP (2008)1 on requirements and criteria for the safety of tattoos and permanent make-up, recommends that the total amount of PAHs do not exceed 0.5 mg/kg.

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

Description:  1oz bottle of black tattoo ink.

Country of origin: United States

Alert submitted by: The Netherlands

Products were found and measures were taken also in: Germany