Last week a recall of 18 black inks were made by the EU Rapid Alert System.
This week only one has been posted, again a black lining ink, again the country of recall from the Netherlands, which kind of enforces my view that they’re doing some testing on tattoo inks over there and I reckon we’ll see more in the coming months. Alla Prima’s Arcane Pigments range is said to be cleaner and safer pre-dispersed pigments, obviously this batch wasn’t clean enough for EU regs.
The recall was for Batch: TG 120815; LOT: 025, exp. date: 01.07.2020
The risk posted was :
The product contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)s, including naphthalene (measured values: naphthalene: 1.41 mg/kg; total of PAHs: 1.56 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.
The most common form of PAH’s is soot which is a substance released when burning certain substances, makes sense as the most of the latest recalls have all had similar risks to them and have all been black pigment.
You can view the report below if you use Alla Prima
You can read about Alla Prima’s Arcane Pigments range here