Sickening discovery in meal costs restaurant chain millions

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 at a Xiabu Xiabu restaurant in the city of Weifang. Source SCMP

The footage was captured at a branch of the restaurant chain Xiabu Xiabu, in the city of Weifang in the eastern province of Shandong.

A video of a rat found in a hotpot at a Chinese restaurant angered the nation.

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.

The pregnant woman was dining at the chain with her family when she fished the boiled rat out of the broth she was eating with a pair of chopsticks.

The husband also claims the staff said, "If you are anxious about the baby, then we'll give you 20,000 yuan (£2,200) to abort it", according to the South China Morning post.

Photos of the incident made their way online and netizens couldn't be more disgusted by what they saw.

"I feel like vomiting", wrote one person.

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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". "I'm never going to eat hotpot outside again".

"If something happens to her baby how are they going to compensate her?" Ms Gao said the chain had always taken great care over the quality and safety of its food. "Is a life worth only 20,000 yuan?"

The outlet in Shandong has been temporarily shut down following the find last week.

However, the woman's husband rejected the offer as he wanted her to go for a full body checkup before settling the compensation amount.

Shares of Xiabu Xiabu in Hong Kong plunged 12 percent Monday and Tuesday causing the company's market value to plummet around £145 million.

Hotpot, a bubbling Value-Added Tax of broth in which diners dip pieces of meat and other morsels, is a beloved family meal in China, especially when the weather starts to cool down.

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