German online publication OE24 reports the EU is seeking to ban tattoos that have green and blue in them because the colours are no longer permitted as hair dye according to the Cosmetics Ordinance. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is seeking the ban immediately on the basis that tattoo colours are also considered cosmetics. The ECHA said it is still “disputed” as to whether or not black contours should be allowed.
The European Commission said in a statement: “More than 100 colorants and 100 additives are in use.
“Most tattoo inks on the EU market are imported from the US, while PMU inks are generally manufactured in Europe.
“The pigments used are not specifically produced for tattoo/PMU applications and generally show low purity.”
The statement added “the majority of them are not authorised for the use in cosmetic products”.
They argue colour tattoos have more toxins, claiming some EU destinations put car paint or printer ink in the product.
Up to 300 shades are mixed to create a colour tattoo, making it more challenging for toxins to be identified.
It comes as the EU wants to ban free chargers coming with new mobile phones.
In the latest crackdown by Brussels the European Commission is looking at banning chargers given out with the purchase of phones.
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They said: “The preferred voluntary approach did not meet the expectations of consumers and the Commission.”
They added that it was not too late for “the industry to come up with a suitable proposal, but we must now examine the legislative approach”.
The move was welcomed by German MEP Evelyne Gebhardt.
She said: “It has been proven that the industry’s voluntary commitment did nothing at all.
“It would be ridiculous if the Commission now wanted to continue without legal regulation.”
Last year, Brussels proposed that veggie burgers be renamed “veggie discs”.
This was to avoid confusion with meat products in another controversial intervention.
The European Parliament’s agriculture committee voted to approve a ban on vegetarian products being named after their meat alternatives.
Eric Andrieu, the French MEP tasked with overseeing the legislation, instead the changes were just “common sense”.
Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder branded the proposal “bizarre”.
She said: “This is just an Agricultural committee decision. They come out with a fair amount of bizarre proposals.
“It’s highly unlikely this decision will pass the full Parliament.”
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.