U.S. companies say suppliers weren't supposed to be using Bangladesh factory

U.S. companies say suppliers weren't supposed to be using Bangladesh factory

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The bodies of some of the victims of a deadly fire in a garment factory are lined up prior to burial at a graveyard in Dhaka on November 27, 2012. About 1,000 workers took part in a second day of demonstrations against dangerous factory conditions as the country held a national day of mourning for the 110 killed in the inferno. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 6:14 PM

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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120-w-33-(Jon Belmont, AP correspondent, with the AP's Ravi Nessman)--Evidence up from the ashes in the deadly factory fire in Bangladesh where officials allegedly locked workers inside. Associated Press correspondent Jon Belmont reports. (28 Nov 2012)

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068-c-13-(Ravi Nessman, AP correspondent)-"of the factory"-AP correspondent Ravi Nessman reports arrests have now been made in the deadly Bangladeshi factory fire. (28 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *068 (11/28/12)>> 00:13 "of the factory"

069-c-09-(Ravi Nessman, AP correspondent)-"at the factory"-AP correspondent Ravi Nessman reports many U.S. companies were using the factory to make clothes. (28 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *069 (11/28/12)>> 00:09 "at the factory"

070-c-07-(Ravi Nessman, AP correspondent)-"in recent months"-AP correspondent Ravi Nessman reports an Associated Press exclusive investigation found many U.S. companies had contracts with the factory. (28 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *070 (11/28/12)>> 00:07 "in recent months"

APPHOTO DELX114: Boxes of garments lay near equipment charred in the fire that killed 112 workers Saturday at the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory,on the outskirts of Dhaha, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Garments and documents left behind in the factory show it was used by a host of major American and European retailers, though at least one of them — Wal-Mart — had been aware of safety problems. Wal-Mart blames a supplier for using Tazreen Fashions without its knowledge. (AP Photo/Ashraful Alam Tito) (28 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO DELX108: Walmart's Faded Glory label is seen on a piece of clothing laying among equipment charred in the fire that killed 112 workers Saturday at the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory, on the outskirts of Dhaha, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Garments and documents left behind in the factory show it was used by a host of major American and European retailers, though at least one of them — Wal-Mart — had been aware of safety problems. Wal-Mart blames a supplier for using Tazreen Fashions without its knowledge. (AP Photo/Ashraful Alam Tito) (28 Nov 2012)

<<APPHOTO DELX108 (11/28/12)>>

APPHOTO DELX105: A Disney brand sweater lays among equipment charred in the fire that killed 112 workers Saturday at the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory, on the outskirts of Dhaha, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Garments and documents left behind in the factory show it was used by a host of major American and European retailers, though at least one of them — Wal-Mart — had been aware of safety problems. Wal-Mart blames a supplier for using Tazreen Fashions without its knowledge. (AP Photo/Ashraful Alam Tito) (28 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO DELX107: A piece of clothing with a label referring to German brand KIK as the buyer lays among equipment charred in the fire that killed 112 workers Saturday at the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory, on the outskirts of Dhaha, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Garments and documents left behind in the factory show it was used by a host of major American and European retailers, though at least one of them — Wal-Mart — had been aware of safety problems. Wal-Mart blames a supplier for using Tazreen Fashions without its knowledge. (AP Photo/Ashraful Alam Tito) (28 Nov 2012)

<<APPHOTO DELX107 (11/28/12)>>

APPHOTO DELX106: A Disney brand sweater lays among the equipment charred in the fire that killed 112 people Saturday at the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory, on the outskirts of Dhaha, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Garments and documents left behind in the factory show it was used by a host of major American and European retailers, though at least one of them — Wal-Mart — had been aware of safety problems. Wal-Mart blames a supplier for using Tazreen Fashions without its knowledge. (AP Photo/Ashraful Alam Tito) (28 Nov 2012)

<<APPHOTO DELX106 (11/28/12)>>

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