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In Bangladesh, inspections at factories have not begun

NEW DELHI — Six months ago, after more than 1,100 Bangladeshi workers were killed in the collapse of a high-rise warren of garment factories, international outcry led to pledges by western retailers and the government to set up a large-scale inspection regime and a new wage system.

Today, no Bangladeshi garment factory has been inspected under any of the three programs that sprang from those promises, according to officials at the programs. Nor has danger ceased in the $19 billion industry: This month, nine workers died when a fire ripped through a factory in suburban Dhaka that provided material for plants supplying clothing to companies including Wal-Mart Stores.

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