Chinese restaurant lose $288m after a dead rat was found in hotpot

Clay Curtis
September 14, 2018

A popular Chinese restaurant chain has lost around $190m (£145m) in market value after a pregnant woman found a dead rat in her soup.

News reported that the incident that happened last Thursday prompted the shut down of the restaurant.

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

Mr Ma said he and his wife went to the hospital where she had a checkup to ensure the baby was healthy.

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

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The restaurant initially offered the pregnant woman compensation of 5,000 Chinese Yuan (£558) but her husband, Mr Ma insisted she had a medical examination first, according to Kankan News. Others were upset about the staff offering money for an abortion.

"I feel like vomiting", wrote one person. Ms Gao said the chain had always taken great care over the quality and safety of its food. They also mentioned that they did not believe that a lack of hygiene had anything to do with it.

After an investigation of the restaurant, there was no evidence found that would suggest any trace of rats in the facility.

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. Shares in the company fell by nearly 12.5 per cent, wiping about $264 million off its market value, The New York Times reported.

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

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