According to The Sun, The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) warned that some tattoo inks could be toxic, and has called for the banning of the potentially-deadly substances. The organisation’s report claims that the toxic ink could cause skin problems which could last for years, as well as increasing the risk of cancer.
The agency said: “Many reports show concerns for public health stemming from the composition of inks used for tattooing , effects include serious allergic reactions to the suspect ink and painful itching which can last for years. The agency will publish a detailed report outlining which chemicals pose the greatest risk, although red inks were described as the most dangerous.
Blue, green and black inks also came under fire, with the agency’s report likely to result in certain inks and chemicals being banned by the EU. “The most severe concerns are allergies caused by the substances in the inks and possible carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxic effects.”Public Health England welcomed the findings, alongside Rick Stevens, president of the Tattoo and Piercing Industry Union in the UK.
The inks aren’t covered by any regulations applying to drugs or food, with many tattoo shops operating without any government oversight or guidelines. The Agency is about to publish a list of suspect chemicals widely used in tattoo inks, which is likely to lead to their being banned across the European Union with the UK likely to follow suit if this happens post Brexit