A Chinese restaurant chain lost its market value when a pregnant woman found a dead rat in her soup.
The rodent was found in the fast food restaurant Xiabu Xiabu, which is famous for its hotspots, in Weifang, a city in the eastern province of Shandong.
The pregnant woman ate with her family on the chain as she fished the boiled rat with two sticks of broth.
The husband of the woman, called Mr. Ma, said restaurant staff had told him, "If you are worried about the baby, then we give you 20,000 yuan to cancel it," according to Shanghai Kankan News.
The Shandong branch was temporarily closed after finding it last week.
After the dead rat's video material was distributed to social media in the women's soup, the shares of the chain fell 12%, losing £ 145 million to reach its lowest level since October of last year, before recovering ,
Users of the Chinese social media site Weibo responded indignantly to the photos and video, one person wrote, "I feel like vomiting, I'll never eat stew again."
Another shocked user said, "If something happens to your baby, how will you compensate her? Is a life worth only 20,000 yuan?"
An inspection was carried out immediately in the restaurant, but there were supposedly no traces of rats.
However, the inspectors found that some of the restaurant's suppliers did not have adequate qualifications.
The restaurant released a statement on Saturday that it would have ruled out the possibility that a lack of hygiene would have brought the deceased rat into the stew.
Hotpots are prepared at the dining table with a pot of soup broth and contain a variety of East Asian foods.
Typical ingredients in hotpots are thinly sliced meat, tofu, vegetables and seafood.