Tattoo ink

Recall published
Product title
Tattoo ink
The Alex De Pase Series
Product description
29,6 ml of magenta tattoo ink in a transparent plastic bottle fitted with a dispensing nozzle and a screw-top. The product was also sold online.
4-methyl-m-phenylenediamine is a skin sensitiser and, as o-anisidine, may cause cancer. Barium can be easily absorbed and have toxic effects on the body impairing muscle, kidney and heart activity, leading to arrythmia, paralysis or gastrointestinal alterations. The Council of Europe Resolution ResAP (2008)1 on requirements and criteria for the safety of tattoos and permanent make-up, recommends that aromatic amines with carcinogenic mutagenic, reprotoxic or sensitising properties should neither be present in tattoos and permanent make-up products nor released from azo-colourants and that barium does not exceed 50 mg/kg.
Measures taken
The product contains the aromatic amines 4-methyl-m-phenylenediamine, o-anisidine (measured values: 13 mg/kg and 7 mg/kg, respectively) and an excessive amount of barium (measured value: 52 mg/kg).
Batch number / barcode
Lot SS265
Model number
Recall type
Consumer product
Risk type
Country of origin
United States
RAPEX Reference
Beauty / Personal Care / Hygiene
Risk level
Products with serious risks
Notifying country


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