A hotpot chain restaurant in China has been shut down after a dead rat was found floating in a boiling broth of soup.
The local market supervision authority has launched an investigation into the incident and the outlet where the rat was discovered has been shut down.
"If you are anxious about the baby, then we'll give you 20,000 yuan (US$3,000) to abort it", they supposedly told the couple.
The woman's husband, Mr Ma, said he alerted restaurant staff to the situation and was offered cash for abortion if they were anxious about the health of the baby.
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".
Kankan News quoted her husband as saying restaurant staff had told him: "If you are anxious about the baby, then we'll give you 20,000 yuan (NZ$4444) to abort it". Others were upset about the staff offering money for an abortion. "I feel like vomiting".
Ma said he and his wife went to the hospital where she had a checkup to ensure the baby was healthy. They also mentioned that they did not believe that a lack of hygiene had anything to do with it.
Shares of Xiabu Xiabu in Hong Kong plunged 12 percent Monday and Tuesday causing the company's market value to plummet around £145 million. However, according to BBC News, that statement has since been deleted. In a statement published on Sunday on the Chinese messaging platform WeChat, the bureau said that while it found no traces of rats, the restaurant had committed violations related to stagnant water and buying food from unlicensed suppliers.
Hotpot soups are a popular Chinese dish where seasoned broth is placed, simmering, at the table in front of you as the items are added in.
Typical ingredients in hotpots include thinly sliced meat, tofu, vegetables and seafood.
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