Dhaka: The garment factory in Bangladesh where 112 people were killed in a fire had been making clothes for Walmart, Disney, Sears and other major global retailers - some of whom say they thought they had stopped doing business with the place. The apparent confusion underscored what some industry experts say is a major obstacle to improving factory safety in developing nations: Many retailers in the US and Europe rely on such a long and complex chain of manufacturers, vendors and middlemen to keep their shelves stocked that it is difficult to keep track of where certain products are made. Amid the blackened tables and melted sewing machines at Tazreen Fashions Ltd, clothes and account books were discovered on Wednesday that indicated the factory was used by a host of US and European retailers. Among the items discovered: children's shorts with Walmart's Faded Glory label, hooded sweaters marked Disney Pixar, shorts with hip-hop star Sean Combs' ENYCE tag, and sweaters from the French company Teddy Smith and the Scottish company Edinburgh Woollen Mill. Sears was among the companies listed in the account books.
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