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The FDA Warns That Tattoo Inks Can Cause Infection

Companies mentioned in this article: Emeryville Pharmaceutical Services

EMERYVILLE, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Responding to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) warning that tattoo inks can cause infections, Emeryville Pharmaceutical Services, a provider of chemistry and microbiology services, reminds companies to routinely perform antimicrobial effectiveness testing. “The discovery of potentially dangerous bacteria in tattoo inks is just the most recent example of a serious problem,” said Dmitri Debabov, Ph.D., Director of Biology at Emeryville Pharmaceutical Services. “Many types of food, drinks, or cosmetics products, including tattoo inks, can be contaminated with pathogens.”

The Consumer Update issued by the FDA on August 7, 2014 reported that tattoo ink from a company called California Company White and Blue Lion, Inc. tested positive for bacteria, and that the agency “has confirmed one case of skin infection involving a consumer that used this company’s tattoo products.”

But that case may be just the tip of the iceberg, the FDA explained. The Consumer Update said that similar contamination has been linked to other tattoo products and that “tattooing poses a risk of infection to anyone.”

More importantly, bacterial contamination is not limited just to tattoo ink, said Dr. Debabov. “Every type of manufacturer needs to be aware that their products, ranging from toothpastes to eye drops, can harbor microbes that make people sick.”

Emeryville Pharmaceutical Services (EPS) can help manufacturers solve this growing problem of bacterial contamination. EPS specializes in testing services that can spot microbes in products during the manufacturing process—before the product gets to consumers.

Emeryville Pharmaceutical Services (EPS), located in Emeryville, California provides quality analytical chemistry and microbiology services to companies worldwide. With its state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and facilities, EPS is committed to the highest quality science, customer service, as well as exceptional professionalism. For examples of the complex experiments capable of being run at EPS, as well as discussions on current scientific methodology and understanding, visit the EPS blog at:

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Emeryville Pharmaceutical Services
Dmitri Debabov, Ph.D., 1-888-983-6379
Director of Biology
Timothy Shiau, Ph.D., 1-888-983-6379
Director of Chemistry