Restaurant lost $190 million in value after dead rat found in soup

  • Restaurant lost $190 million in value after dead rat found in soup

Restaurant lost $190 million in value after dead rat found in soup

A popular Chinese restaurant chain has lost around $190m (£145m) in market value after a pregnant woman found a dead rat in her soup.

The incident was reported by a local newspaper on Friday, as social media users shared the footage over the weekend according to the New York Times.

The outlet in Shandong province has now been temporarily suspended.

Mr. Ma was concerned for his expectant wife - and has taken her to get checked over to be sure her and the baby are okay - after eating the rat-tainted soup.

"If you are anxious about the baby, then we'll give you 20,000 yuan (US$3,000) to abort it", they supposedly told the couple. Ma alleges that restaurant staff offered the couple cash for an abortion if they were anxious about the health of the baby after eating the rat soup.

Many were shocked and disgusted by this story - grossed out by the photos that circulated on Weibo. "I'm never going to eat hotpot outside again".

A report from the South China Morning News said staff offered the pair compensation.

"If something happens to her baby how are they going to compensate her?" "I feel like vomiting".

Xiabu Xiabu said in a statement on Sept 8 that it had "always placed great emphasis on food security and would make any necessary improvements". They also mentioned that they did not believe that a lack of hygiene had anything to do with it.

Xiabu Xiabu Catering Management China Holdings Co. share prices fell by as much as 11% in Hong Kong on 11 September, but have since risen to HK$10.68 from a HK$9.64 low. In a statement published on Sunday on the Chinese messaging platform WeChat, the bureau said that while it found no traces of rats, the restaurant had committed violations related to stagnant water and buying food from unlicensed suppliers.

Xiabu Xiabu specializes in hot pot, traditionally a large family meal where various meats, vegetables and other ingredients are cooked at the table by diners in a giant pot of bubbling soup and consumed immediately.