BBC:– A popular Chinese restaurant chain has lost around $190m (£145m) in market value after a pregnant woman found a dead rat in her soup.
Hotpot restaurant Xiabu Xiabu’s stock hit its lowest level in almost a year, after photos of the dead rat being fished out of the broth with a pair of chopsticks quickly spread online.
The outlet in Shandong province has now been temporarily suspended.
The outlet reportedly offered her 5,000 yuan (£559, $729) as compensation.
According to local news outlet Kankan News who spoke to her husband – identified as Mr Ma – he declined the offer, as he wanted his wife to undergo a full body check-up before deciding on a compensation amount.
The pregnant woman who had been out for hotpot with her family on 6 September, found the dead rat in her meal after she had already taken a few bites from the dish.
Mr Ma also alleged that one of the staff had suggested his wife get an abortion if she was worried about the baby’s health, and offered him 20,000 yuan for the procedure.