19 August 2004
BRUSSELS – Two lots of ink used in tattoos have been withdrawn from the Belgian market after they were found to contain a bacteria known to cause infections and skin irritations, it emerged Thursday.
The bacteria, identified as Pseudomanas, was found to cause infections when it comes into contact with small wounds or if it passes into the blood.
Dutch authorities alerted Belgium to the problem earlier this week about the damaged lots, marketed under the brand “Starbrite Colors.”
Tattoo artists, professional organisations and vendors in Belgium have been informed by public authorities about the problem and have been asked not to use the ink in question.
The Belgian health ministry has already opened an inquiry into the matter.
[Copyright Expatica 2004]
Subject: Belgian news