Morphine found in cough syrup

(WFLA) – The company Master Herbs, Inc. voluntarily recalled a coughing medicine because it contained morphine, according to the press release on US Food and Drug Administration website.

The morphine, which is an opioid, was found in Licorice Coughing Liquid cough syrup. It is sold in 100 ml bottles. One of the ingredients of the syrup, Compound Camphor, contains the opioid. The camphor is declared on the label, the morphine was not.

The syrup is for temporary relief of the cough due to cold, minor throat and bronchial irritations. It was sold at Chinese grocery to Chinese grocery stores in various cities in California, New Jersey, Hawaii, Illinois, Ohio and Nevada.

Consumers who purchased the product and are using it, are ingesting the morphine without knowledge, according to the recall alert. It can lead to life-threatening respiratory depression and death, and is especially dangerous for patients who are hyper-sensitive to morphine and children with respiratory illnesses.

If you have bought the syrup, you need to stop using it immediately and return it to the store where you have got it. If you have nay additional questions, you can call Master Herbs, Inc. by phone at (626)319-9915 Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST or anytime via email at provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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