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

Alert number: A12/0657/17

Product:  Tattoo ink

Name: Premium Tattoo Ink - Tomato is Red

Batch number / Barcode:  production date 25/02/14

Type of alert: Serious

Category: Chemical products

Brand: Unknown

Type / number of model:  Unknown

Risk type: Chemical
The product contains cadmium (measured value: 0.54 mg/kg), lead (measured value: 19.76 mg/kg) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)s, including benzo(a)pyrene (measured values: 153 ug/kg for benzo(a)pyrene; total of PAHs: 1.45 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. Some PAHs are carcinogenic. Benzo(a)pyrene is a carcinogenic PAH.

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, that the level of cadmium does not exceed 0.2 mg/kg, that the level of benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) does not exceed 0.005 mg/kg and 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:  Set of 10 different coloured tattoo ink in 15 ml bottles.

Country of origin: China

Alert submitted by: The Netherlands