The chain of Chinese restaurants Xiabu Xiabu lost $ 190 million in its stock market value after one of its franchises, located in the city of Weifang in Shandong Province, served a soup with a dead rat to a pregnant woman, according to the BBC. The market value of the popular chain fell to the worst level since October 2017.
According to reports in the local media and the El País newspaper, the network offered the affected about 5,000 yuan (about $ 730) as compensation, but the woman did not accept the offer, according to Kankan News. Photos of the rat in the soup came to light on Weibo, the most important Chinese social network. The franchise in question was also temporarily suspended.
The rodent, in the broth. Photo: Weibo
The pregnant woman went to the restaurant on 6 September with her family, according to the story of the BBC he found the dead rat in his soup after eating a few spoons. The woman had asked for a hotpot, a dish that is common in China and other parts of Asia and that is served in a pan with boiling broth to which vegetables and meat are cooked.
The restaurant, according to the newspaper El País, issued a statement that ruled out the possibility that the lack of hygiene led to the rat ending up in the soup, but later knew this message. Weifang authorities said they will start an investigation into Xiabu Xiabu's franchise in this city.