August 20, 2014
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Three U.S. companies whose merchandise was found in the charred ruins of a factory in Bangladesh all say their clothing suppliers were not authorized to use the factory.
A weekend fire killed 112 people in the garment factory.
The Associated Press discovered clothing and account books connected to Disney Pixar, Wal-Mart, Sears and other Western brands amid the blackened tables and melted sewing machines at Tazreen Fashions.
Wal-Mart had been aware of safety problems at the factory and said it had decided well before the blaze to stop doing business with it. Sears says it has fired its vendor for using Tazreen. The Walt Disney Co. says its records indicate that none of its licensees have been permitted to make Disney-brand products at the factory for at least a year.
Meanwhile, police have arrested three factory officials who are suspected of locking workers in the building.
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