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Licorice Cough Syrup Recalled For Containing Morphine

The product was distributed in six states.
01/22/2016 09:26am ET

Master Herbs, Inc. recalled all of its Licorice Coughing Liquid cough syrup in 100 ml bottles in retail stores on Wednesday. The product contains morphine, which is not listed as an ingredient on the label.

Master Herbs' Licorice Coughing Liquid cough syrup sold in 100 ml bottles has been recalled for containing undeclared morphine. 

Morphine is an opioid pain reliever that is only available through a prescription. Misuse of the narcotic can lead to addiction, overdose and, in severe cases, death. Morphine is also associated with serious breathing problems, and the person taking it should be monitored while doing so.

Master Herbs' Liquid Coughing syrup was sold primarily in Chinese grocery stores in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey and Ohio.

For some, taking morphine could lead to severe allergic reactions. Young children with respiratory illness are at risk for respiratory depression from opioids, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

There have been no reports of illness associated with the product thus far. If you have any questions about the recall, you can call Master Herbs, Inc. by phone at 626-319-9915 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST or e-mail them any time at The FDA advises consumers to contact their healthcare provider immediately if they experience any negative effects related to the use of the product.

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