July 18, 2014

Updated: Nationwide Recall of Tattoo Ink, Tattoo Needles, Tattoo Kits Due to Microbial Contamination

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of all tattoo inks, tattoo needles, and tattoo kits distributed by White & Blue Lion due to pathogenic bacterial contamination. As of an extra precaution, the company is also recalling all tubes and ink cups.

Use of these products may cause bacterial infection and can lead to sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection.

The original recall dated July 11, 2014 can be found at http://health.mo.gov/information/news/2014/tattooink71414.

The recall includes all tattoo ink, tattoo needles, tubes, ink cups and kits distributed by White & Blue Lion including the ones specifically listed below:

Tattoo Inks
sold in kits and separately)




All Colors

Multi colored Chinese Dragon Image with black and white lettering

Lot No. OR20036
Batch #8
Best if used by 16/12/16

5 ml bottle

Tattoo Needles (included in kits)



Lot No


Individually packaged in groups of 5

None - labeled as "CE0197 Pre-made tattoo needle"
"sterilized by E.O. Gas"

Art No. 1203RL, 1205M, 1205RL, 1205RS, 1209RL, 1207RL, 1207M, 1207RS, 1209M, 1209RS

201308, 201307, 201312, 201402, 201311, 201310


The inks and needles are sold in tattoo kits and the inks are also sold separately by 8Decades and White & Blue Lion, Inc through www.amazon.com and www.ebay.com.

FDA Laboratory testing has found microbial bacterial contamination in both the inks and needles.

The full recall can be found at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405474.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.