Tatoos no longer deter blood donors

The Food and Drug Administration is lifting a waiting period in 11 states, including Alabama, for donors with new tattoos to give blood starting September 24th.

Bob Garcia of United Blood Services in South Dakota says South Dakotans cannot currently give blood if they have received tattoos in the past 12 months.

He said the restrictions are being lifted in South Dakota and ten other states by the Food and Drug Administration because the states do a good job in regulating tattoo artists.

The other states receiving a clean bill of health are Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas.