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Restaurant loses $190m in value after dead rat found in soup

Restaurant loses $190m in value after dead rat found in soup

Hotpot restaurant Xiabu Xiabu's stock hit its lowest level in nearly a year, after photos of the dead rat being fished out of the broth with a pair of chopsticks quickly spread online.

"If you are anxious about the baby, then we'll give you 20,000 yuan ($3,000) to abort it", Ma says the staff told him, South China Morning Post reports.

The woman and her husband were eating at the popular chain Xiabu Xiabu on September 6 when she discovered the dead rat in the hotpot, South China Morning Post reported. 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.

It also reportedly offered the couple a 5,000 yuan compensation. A local newspaper reported the incident on Friday and video footage of the customer picking the rat out with chopsticks circulated on Chinese social media all weekend.

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

By Sept. 11, the company's share price hit the lowest level since October of a year ago.

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"Xiabu Xiabu has always been one of my favourite restaurants, I thought they were quite clean as well".

Ma said he and his wife went to the hospital where she had a checkup to ensure the baby was healthy. "Is a life worth only 20,000 yuan?" one asked.

They put out a statement Saturday saying they'd "ruled out" that lack of hygiene caused the rat to end up in the soup - but then deleted it.

Authorities in Weifang city, the restaurant branch where the rat was found, said they would conduct investigations into Xiabu Xiabu's restaurant.

Xiabu Xiabu specializes in hot pot, traditionally a large family meal where various meats, vegetables and other ingredients are cooked at the table by diners in a giant pot of bubbling soup and consumed immediately. Customers dip pieces of raw meat and vegetables into a big Value-Added Tax of simmering broth until everything cooks and bubbles to the surface.