Rat Wipes $190M Off Restaurant Chain's Value

A boiled rodent was found in a pregnant woman's soup at popular Chinese chain Xiabu Xiabu

A boiled rodent was found in a pregnant woman's soup at popular Chinese chain Xiabu Xiabu

Mr Ma said he was told "if you are anxious about the baby, then we'll give you 20,000 yuan [$4000] to abort it".

Photos and video of a dead rat found at a branch of Xiabu Xiabu - boiled, hairless with legs outstretched - sandwiched between a pair of chopsticks after being fished out of a Value-Added Tax of broth have since circulated on Chinese social media. Its discovery received particular attention online because of the way that the restaurant's staff chose to deal with the situation.

Officials shut down the restaurant temporarily to inspect the premises, finding "no trace" of rats at the scene but singled out other problems such as an accumulation of water on the floor in a food preparation area. He alleged that one staff member had offered 20,000 yuan ($2,900) for an abortion if she was concerned about the baby's health.

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.

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".

The outlet reportedly offered her 5,000 yuan (£559, $729) as compensation. "I'm never going to eat hotpot outside again", said one user.

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

"I feel like vomiting", wrote one person. "Is a life worth only 20,000 yuan?"

As word of the shocking find made it to major global news sites, the scandal start impacting the restaurant chain's bottom line.

Hotpots are prepared with a simmering pot of soup stock at the dining table and contain a variety of east Asian foodstuffs.

On Thursday, the BBC reported the restaurant chain had lost more than $264 million in market value.

Typical ingredients in hotpots include thinly sliced meat, tofu, vegetables and seafood.

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