According to the Food and Drug Administration, a California-based company is voluntarily recalling cough syrup because it contains morphine.

Master Herbs, Inc. is pulling all of its Licorice Coughing Liquid. The cough syrup comes in 100 ml bottles and is sold in Chinese grocery stores. The product is used for temporary relief of cough due to cold, minor throat and bronchial irritations. The company is pulling the medicine because morphine, an opioid, is not listed on the bottles label.

According to the company’s press release, morphine can lead to life-threatening respiratory depression and death if ingested unknowingly. Because morphine is not listed on the product, those who are hypersensitive to morphine could suffer severe allergic reactions. The company adds, young children with a respiratory illness are vulnerable to respiratory depression from opioids and should not be exposed to morphine.

Consumers with questions can call Master Herbs at 626-319-9915 or email them at

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