A hotpot restaurant in the Gaoping district of Nanchong city, Sichuan province came under fire after a picture of a dead mouse found in a customer’s soup was shared on WeChat this past Monday.
The customer posted the image along with the caption: “I won’t be eating at Wangqingshui again! I never expected such thing to happen to me”.
The manager of the restaurant, Ge Qing, confirmed the authenticity of the photo, explaining that he paid the customers at the table more than 20,000 yuan in compensation and offered them a free meal.
“We routinely carry out rat extermination. I have no clue how the dead mouse came into the soup,” said Ge.
A waitress called He Liping who served the table recalled that the four customers ate at the restaurant at around 12. “I served them at the table. The dead mouse was scooped up from the bottom of the soup only after I put the swordfish into the soup,” she said.
When investigators from the local Food and Drug Administration asked Ge why she didn’t report the case immediately, she said she’d thought that she could resolve the matter with money.
Preliminary investigation showed that the restaurant’s business license and staff’s health certificates are valid but the investigators are still reaching out to other customers for more information.
By Lucy Liu
[Via Sina News]