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

The rat was found in hot pot broth at a Xiabu Xiabu restaurant in the city of Weifang. Source SCMP The rat was found in hot pot broth. Source SCMPMore
Deanna Wagner | 14 September, 2018, 14:52

The woman and her husband anxious the rat brew would affect their baby, since the mother had already taken a couple gulps of the soup when she made the horrifying discovery at Xiabu Xiabu on September 6.

The Market Supervision Bureau of Kuiwen district in Weifang confirmed that it had received a complaint about a rat in a meal through WeChat on Friday, the South China Morning Post reported. An investigation has been launched.

Officials shut down the restaurant temporarily to inspect the premises, finding "no trace" of rats at the scene but singled out other problems such as an accumulation of water on the floor in a food preparation area.

Waiter, there's a rat in my soup!

Mr Ma said he and his wife went to the hospital where she had a checkup to ensure the baby was healthy. This revelation caused the offer to be upped to 20,000 yuan so that the woman could get an abortion.

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His home, built 1 mile inland in 2016, is raised 25 feet off the ground and is built to withstand 140-mph winds, he said. Moreover, high tides around noon and midnight these next few days will make the storm surges even worse, Samson said.

As reported by Kankan News, the woman and her husband were offered the equivalent of £559 in compensation by the restaurant at the time of the incident. However, Mr. Ma chose to hold off until his wife and baby were checked out at a medical facility first.

Photos of the incident made their way online and netizens couldn't be more disgusted by what they saw. "I'm never going to eat hotpot outside again", said a Weibo user. They also mentioned that they did not believe that a lack of hygiene had anything to do with it.

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

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.

Hotpot is a popular dish in China where people can add meat and vegetables to soup.