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Asda confirms factory was a 'long-term fabric supplier'

Asda has confirmed that the Bangladeshi factory where the fire broke out is a long-standing supplier to the George clothing range, but that it supplies fabrics rather than finished clothes.

In a statement, George said it believes the industry should "consider whether to extend factory safety programs to this next level of production":

We are deeply saddened by what has happened and our thoughts go out to the families and victims of the accident. George at Asda has a long standing relationship with Aswad Mill, we do source fabric from there and we are working with the owner to ensure we help them however we can.

As part of the Walmart family we have a safety programme that rigorously inspects the factories that make our garments and other products. Typically that program does not extend to the facilities that make materials like fabric for those garment factories. Given the situation in Bangladesh, we, along with Walmart, believe the Government of Bangladesh and the industry should consider whether to extend factory safety programs to this next level of production.

– statement from george at asda

UK is 'working to raise standards' in Bangladesh

The British embassy in Bangladesh has tweeted about last night's fatal factory blaze, saying that the UK is "working to raise standards" in the country:

Walmart 'working to understand facts' of factory blaze

A spokesman for Walmart, which owns Asda, has given the following statement regarding the fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh:

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families involved on the tragedy at Aswad Composite Mills. We are working to understand the facts and will take appropriate action based on our findings.

– walmart spokesperson

A deputy manager for Aswad Composite Mills told ITV News that George - a brand name used by Asda in the UK - was among the brands who used the factory.

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Primark cancelled factory contract over 'safety concerns'

Primark is deeply saddened by the loss of life at Aswad Composite Mills, owned by Palmal Group.

Primark placed its last order in March of this year, indicating that it would place no further orders following the identification of violations of its code of conduct and management’s unwillingness to resolve these to Primark’s satisfaction.

A small amount of outstanding orders was stored in the warehouse at the Aswad Composite Mills site, awaiting shipment.

Incidents like this demonstrate the requirement for the Accord to be effective, and for all members to work in collaboration for sustainable change in Bangladesh.

Primark will work with other brands and stakeholders through the Accord to support the employees and their families.

– A Primark spokesman

Bangladesh factory fire 'completely preventable'

Clare Lissaman, director at Ethical Fashion Forum, told ITV News that the fatal factory fire in Bangladesh was "completely preventable".

She said: "It wouldn't cost that much more to have buildings that were safe, workers that were paid properly, estimates are about 5p more per garment. I think we can have affordable garments that don't mean that people have to die."

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