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The Adams County Record of Council, Idaho

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Just in case you were planning to have the lyrics to your favorite Hank Williams song tattooed across your neck, you might want to check with your local skin carver to make sure he or she is not planning to use ink containing a recently-discovered tainted batch of the stuff.

The Food and Drug Administration's Office of Regulatory Affairs says tattoo artists and consumers that they should not use tattoo inks marketed and distributed by A Thousand Virgins, in grey wash shades labeled Gl, G2, and G3 (Lot #129 exp 1/16).

FDA has tested unopened bottles of these inks and found contamination with a human pathogen, Mycobacterium chelonae, as well as Micro bacterium organisms, and the molds Cryptococcus albidus and members of the Penicillium genus.

That might mean the senior center will cancel that bus trip to the rave they had planned for this weekend where they were all going to get the same tat. (They didn't tell me what it was, but the latest plan was "Ducky shin cracker" across their ankles.)

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Original Publication Date: August 13, 2015

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