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NVWA warns of dangerous substances in tattoo ink

NVWA warns of dangerous substances in tattoo ink

Photo: NU.nl/Charles Batenburg

Many black tattoo – and permanent make-up inks still contain substances that are hazardous to the health of consumers. An earlier study two years ago showed that tattoo inks often are bad for your health.

The Dutch Food and consumer product safety Authority in 2015 and 2016, again a search is conducted.

In 17 of the 52 investigated inks were found carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHS) to be present. In addition, eight inks to high levels of heavy metals. In two inks, a combination of a high content of PAHS and heavy metals found.

Seven inks to bring according to the NVWA is a “serious security risk”. It includes Kokkai Sumi ink, Tattoo 7 colors and Tattoo Warehouse Tribal Black. The full list can be found on the website of the regulator. The NVWA has the sale of the unsafe inks now prohibited, and the offenders fined.

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