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

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

The woman, identified only as Ms Gao, was having dinner with her husband Mr Ma at a Xiabu Xiabu restaurant in Weifang City last week.

Kankan News quoted her husband as saying restaurant staff had told him: "If you are anxious about the baby, then we'll give you 20,000 yuan (NZ$4444) to abort it".

Mr Ma said he was told "if you are anxious about the baby, then we'll give you 20,000 yuan [$4000] to abort it". This revelation caused the offer to be upped to 20,000 yuan so that the woman could get an abortion.

At hotpot restaurants in China, most of the ingredients are relatively cheap.

Many were shocked and disgusted by this story - grossed out by the photos that circulated on Weibo. "I feel like vomiting".

The Shandong outlet was later shut down by local authorities for investigations. Some users said that they would never eat there ever again.

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"If something happens to her baby how are they going to compensate her?"

Xiabu Xiabu Catering Management China Holdings Co. share prices fell by as much as 11% in Hong Kong on 11 September, but have since risen to HK$10.68 from a HK$9.64 low.

According to a report from Chinese outlet Kanka News, the market value of Xiabu Xiabu has been on a downward trend since August.

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.

Xiabu Xiabu has since issued a statement saying food safety was a high priority for staff and the chain would make whatever improvements were deemed necessary.

Though hotpot has gained in popularity in recent years, customers across China have complained about questionable hygiene standards at hotpot chains, particularly over restaurants reusing hotpot broth with new customers.

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