Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Dead rat in soup costs restaurant $190m

A rat was discovered in a hotpot restaurant in eastern China SCREENSHOT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST A rat was discovered in a hotpot restaurant in eastern China
Patty Aguilar | 14 September, 2018, 14:49

A video of a small, dead rat - boiled, gelatinous and with its stunned arms outstretched - fished out of a Value-Added Tax of bubbling broth has shocked China, and sent shares of a popular restaurant chain plummeting.

News reported that the incident that happened last Thursday prompted the shut down of the restaurant. The patrons, Mr. Ma and his family, were having dinner at the hotpot chain in Shandong province.

When her husband alerted the staff, they allegedly offered the couple 20,000 yuan (S$4,000) to get an abortion if they were anxious about their baby's health, KanKan News reported. The staff at the restaurant allegedly offered the couple 20,000 yuan, which is $3,000 U.S. dollars, for them to have an abortion if they were concerned for the child's health.

Photos of the incident made their way online and netizens couldn't be more disgusted by what they saw. Some users said that they would never eat there ever again.

A report from the South China Morning News said staff offered the pair compensation. Others were upset about the staff offering money for an abortion.

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In a statement, the restaurant said they took food safety seriously and were making changes.

In a statement published on 8 September on Weibo, which has since been deleted, the restaurant chain stated that a preliminary investigation had found that restaurant hygiene or operational reasons were not responsible for the rat ending up in the dish.

Hotpots are prepared with a simmering pot of soup stock at the dining table and contain a variety of east Asian foodstuffs.

Shares of Xiabu Xiabu in Hong Kong plunged 12 percent Monday and Tuesday causing the company's market value to plummet around £145 million. According to Thrillist, the ingredients commonly include fresh meats, tofu, various vegetables, and noodles.

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