A video of a rat found in a hotpot at a Chinese restaurant angered the
14 September, 2018, 01:56
A simmering pot of hot soup is placed at a dining table and various vegetables and raw meats are then placed in the pot to cook.
An inspection was immediately undertaken at the restaurant but no trace of rats were found.
The woman and her husband were eating at the popular chain Xiabu Xiabu on September 6 when she discovered the dead rat in the hotpot, South China Morning Post reported.
The well-known chain, Xiabu Xiabu, was closed for an investigation by health officials after the incident occurred and stock hit the lowest level in nearly a year after news spread, the BBC reports. Video circulated widely on social media in China, to the shock and disgust of viewers, shows the man in the eastern city of Weifang fishing the boiled rodent out of the murky broth with chopsticks.
After the rat report surfaced, the local market supervision bureau dispatched personnel to check the restaurant.
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"Xiabu Xiabu has always been one of my favourite restaurants, I thought they were quite clean as well".
The rat was found in hot pot broth.
Xiabu Xiabu released a statement on Saturday night saying that it valued food security and would make improvements.
"We have set up a task force to carry out an in-depth investigation into this incident, and will also invite third-party authorities to help us clarify the truth", she wrote in an email.
Though hotpot has gained in popularity in recent years, customers across China have complained about questionable hygiene standards at hotpot chains, particularly over restaurants reusing hotpot broth with new customers.
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