Sickening discovery in meal costs restaurant chain millions

14 September, 2018, 14:49 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • The woman eating at a restaurant chain in China made the disgusting discovery a few bites into her meal

A popular hotpot restaurant chain has lost around $190 million in market value when a pregnant woman posted a video of a boiled rodent she fished out of a soup bowl with her chopsticks last week at one of their outposts, the BBC reported.

The outlet in Shandong has been temporarily shut down following the find last week.

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.

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. 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. "I'm never going to eat hotpot outside again", said one user.

As reported by Kankan News, the woman and her husband were offered the equivalent of £559 in compensation by the restaurant at the time of the incident. Others were upset about the staff offering money for an abortion. Within, the chain claimed that food security is a high priority for them and that they would also work with officials to make any necessary improvements. "Is a life worth only 20,000 yuan?" one person said.

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

After the incident, Xiabu Xiabu's market value fell by 11 per cent(S$291 million) on Tuesday (Sept 11).

An inspection was immediately undertaken at the restaurant, but there was reportedly no trace of rats.

Though hotpot has gained in popularity in recent years, customers across China have complained about questionable hygiene standards at hotpot chains, particularly over restaurants reusing hotpot broth with new customers.

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