Restaurant chain loses $190m value after pregnant woman finds dead rat in soup

The dead rat was lifted out and put on a plate. Credit: Weibo

A restaurant firm in China has lost around $290 million in market value after a pregnant woman found a dead rat in her soup.

Xiabu Xiabu’s stock hit its lowest value in almost a year when photos of the dead rat circulated, with it being fished out of the soup with chopsticks.

Xiabu Xiabu opened 20 years ago and has 759 stores in China with several in China’s major cities including Beijing and Shanghai.

It’s been reported that the outlet in Shangdong, which has now been suspended, offered the woman 5,000 yuan ((£559, $729) in compensation.

The woman took a few bites out of the meal before discovering the rat.

Her husband told a local news outlet Kankan News that one of the restaurant staff had suggested she have an abortion if she was worried about her health and offered 20,000 yuan for the procedure.

The restaurant had put out a statement saying it had “ruled out” the possibility that poor hygiene caused the dead rat to be found, but has since deleted the statement.

The restaurant initially put out a statement on Saturday saying that it had “ruled out” the possibility that a lack of hygiene had caused the rat to end up in the hotpot, but later deleted it.

Photos of the boiled rat quickly spread on Chinese social media site Weibo, where users reacted with anger and disgust.

The dead rat was lifted out and put on a plate. Credit: Weibo