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Restaurant loses $ 190 million in value after dead rat has been found in soup

Restaurant loses $ 190 million in value after dead rat has been found in soup

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The dead rat was fished from a pan of boiling broth

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

Restaurant Hotpot Xiabu Xiabu's stock reached the lowest level in almost a year after photos of the dead rat were fished out of the soup with a pair of chopsticks that were quickly distributed online.

The outlet in the province of Shandong is now temporarily suspended.

The outlet reportedly offered its 5,000 yuan (£ 559, $ 729) as compensation.

According to the local news article Kankan News, which spoke to her husband – identified as Mr Ma – he rejected the offer because he wanted his wife to undergo a full body check-up before setting a compensation amount.

The pregnant woman who had been to the hotpot with her family on 6 September found the dead rat during her meal after she had already taken a few bites from the dish.

Mr. Ma also claimed that one of the staff members had suggested that his wife should have an abortion if she was worried about the baby's health, and offered him 20,000 yuan for the procedure.

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