Chinese restaurant lose $288m after a dead rat was found in hotpot

A video of a rat found in a hotpot at a Chinese restaurant angered the nation

Mr Ma, her husband, said he informed the restaurant staff to the situation and was offered cash for abortion if they were anxious about the health of the baby.

The unnamed woman was at the restaurant chain Xiabu Xiabu in Weifang city, Shandong Province on September 6 when she found the rodent in her hotpot broth.

The woman and her husband anxious the rat brew would affect their baby, since the mother had already taken a couple gulps of the soup when she made the horrifying discovery at Xiabu Xiabu on September 6.

Mr Ma also alleged that one of the staff had suggested his wife get an abortion if she was anxious about the baby's health, and offered him 20,000 yuan for the procedure.

"I feel like vomiting", wrote one person. "I'm never going to eat hotpot outside again", said a Weibo user.

Kankan News quoted her husband as saying restaurant staff had told him: "If you are anxious about the baby, then we'll give you 20,000 yuan (NZ$4444) to abort it".

Ma said he and his wife went to the hospital where she had a checkup to ensure the baby was healthy.

A statement was put out by Xiabu Xiabu concerning the incident.

As word of the shocking find made it to major global news sites, the scandal start impacting the restaurant chain's bottom line. In all, the discovery of the rat had knocked about $190 million off the market value of the business, which is publicly traded in Hong Kong.

According to a report from Chinese outlet Kanka News, the market value of Xiabu Xiabu has been on a downward trend since August.

In a statement, the restaurant said they took food safety seriously and were making changes.

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.



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