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The European Union (EU) have caused tattoo parlours across the continent major concern after it banned thousands of chemicals used in the colouring ink by tattoo artists.

It’s believed that around 4 000 chemicals are now officially banned.

The aim of the ban, which kicked in this week, is to reduce the risk of illnesses. The EU says public health will be much better served with tougher restrictions on ink elements that may cause cancer or allergies, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Tattoo artists have complained that the replacement inks are not easily available, and it might not have the same effect. After two years of challenges due to the pandemic, the industry is only now slowly starting to recover and now this ban will create further challenges.

The industry has said that it feels the decision was taken quickly and their concerns weren’t considered.

The EU begs to differ. It says the consultation process began in 2016 while the official regulation heralding Wednesday’s start of restrictions dates back to December 14, 2020, the Sydney Morning Herald further reports.

Whether this ban will be taken up by other countries or continents is unclear, but many fear this might influence other governments’ opinions on the matter.

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