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

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When her husband alerted the staff, they allegedly offered the couple 20,000 yuan (S$4,000) to get an abortion if they were anxious about their baby's health, KanKan News reported.

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.

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

The woman's husband, Mr Ma, said he alerted restaurant staff to the situation and was offered cash for abortion if they were anxious about the health of the baby.

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.

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Many were shocked and disgusted by this story - grossed out by the photos that circulated on Weibo.

In a statement released to the South China Morning Post, Xiabu Xiabu said it had always placed great emphasis on food security and would make any necessary improvements. Some users said that they would never eat there ever again.

Another user asked: "If something happens to her baby, how are they going to compensate her?" However, according to BBC News, that statement has since been deleted. Later the Health officials investigated the restaurant but found no traces of rats.

Shares of Xiabu Xiabu in Hong Kong plunged 12 percent Monday and Tuesday causing the company's market value to plummet around £145 million.

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

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