Rat causes Chinese restaurant chain to lose £145 million in value

  • Rat causes Chinese restaurant chain to lose £145 million in value

Rat causes Chinese restaurant chain to lose £145 million in value

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. The patrons, Mr. Ma and his family, were having dinner at the hotpot chain in Shandong province.

The well-known chain, Xiabu Xiabu, was closed for an investigation by health officials after the incident occurred and stock hit the lowest level in nearly a year after news spread, the BBC reports.

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.

"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.

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'm never going to eat hotpot outside again", said a Weibo user.

On 11 September, the company's share price hit its lowest level since October past year.

The woman eating at a restaurant chain in China made the disgusting discovery a few bites into her meal. Xiabu Xiabu and one of its rivals, Haidilao, have reported surging sales and an expanding network of restaurants. "Is a life worth only 20,000 yuan?" one asked.

The rat appeared when hotpot has been enjoying something of a moment in China.

In a statement published on Saturday on the Chinese messaging platform WeChat, the bureau said that while it found no traces of rats, the restaurant had committed other violations relating to water and some of the vegetable supplies were unlicensed.

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