Restaurant chain lost £145m in value after dead rat found in soup

Postado Setembro 14, 2018

Waiter, there's a rat in my soup!

The husband also claims the staff said, "If you are anxious about the baby, then we'll give you 20,000 yuan (£2,200) to abort it", according to the South China Morning post.

Video shows chopsticks dipping into a thick red soup and retrieving the stiff, boiled body of a rat at a restaurant in China on September 6. The staff at the restaurant allegedly offered the couple 20,000 yuan, which is $3,000 United States dollars, for them to have an abortion if they were concerned for the child's health.

The local market supervision authority has launched an investigation into the incident and the outlet where the rat was discovered has been shut down. "I'm never going to eat hotpot outside again".

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

Users of Chinese social media site Weibo reacted to the photos and video with disgust, with one person writing: "I feel like vomiting".

In a statement, the restaurant said they took food safety seriously and were making changes. They also mentioned that they did not believe that a lack of hygiene had anything to do with it.

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.

Health officials investigated the restaurant and found no traces of rats, but shut down the location for other violations, including pooled water in the food processing areas and using produce suppliers without full qualifications.

Hotpot, a bubbling Value-Added Tax of broth in which diners dip pieces of meat and other morsels, is a beloved family meal in China, especially when the weather starts to cool down. According to Thrillist, the ingredients commonly include fresh meats, tofu, various vegetables, and noodles.