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Bangladesh factory fire puts new spotlight on worker safety

Improvements incomplete and focused on export businesses, say critics

Onlookers gather near a beverage and food factory on July 11, after a fire gutted the building in the Narayanganj district, near Dhaka, three days earlier.   © AFP/Jiji

DHAKA -- The recent deadly fire at a Bangladesh factory has brought fresh scrutiny of the country's record on workplace safety and labor protections, particularly in industries that serve the domestic market.

More than 50 workers were killed, and more than 20 others injured, when a fire broke out on July 8 at a food processing plant owned by Sajeeb Group in the Narayanganj district near Dhaka.

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