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

Lester Mason
September 14, 2018

A popular restaurant in China has been shut down after a pregnant woman found a dead rat in her soup and claimed that restaurant staff offered her money to get an abortion if the meal affected her unborn child's health.

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.

The restaurant initially offered the pregnant woman compensation of 5,000 Chinese Yuan (£558) but her husband, Mr Ma insisted she had a medical examination first, according to Kankan News.

The woman's husband, named as Mr Ma, said restaurant staff had told him: "If you are anxious about the baby, then we'll give you 20,000 yuan to abort it", according to Shanghai-based Kankan News.

Xiabu Xiabu's market value dropped to its lowest level in nearly a year as pictures of the dead rat being fished out of a broth were circulated on social media. "I'm never going to eat hotpot outside again", said a Weibo user.

For one Chinese restaurant chain, however, an item found by a customer at one of its outlets has proved to be particularly costly: a rat.

By September 11th, the company's stock price had dropped by over 12 percent, causing it to lose 1.3 billion yuan ($190 million) in market value.

"Xiabu Xiabu has always been one of my favourite restaurants, I thought they were quite clean as well".

Another shocked user said: "If something happens to her baby how are they going to compensate her?"

Xiabu Xiabu released a statement on Saturday night saying that it valued food security and would make improvements. Customers dip pieces of raw meat and vegetables into a big Value-Added Tax of simmering broth until everything cooks and bubbles to the surface.

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

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