Are western consumers responsible for the disaster in Bangladesh?

A woman holds a picture of her missing husband at the site of a garment factory that collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh. [AP Photo/Kevin Frayer]

A woman holds a picture of her missing husband at the site of a garment factory that collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh. [AP Photo/Kevin Frayer]

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Dhaka-based investigative reporter Syed-Zain al-Mahmoud discusses Wednesday's collapse of a garment factory in the suburbs of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The number of dead has now passed 300 people, and officials fear that hundreds more are still inside. Q last spoke to al-Mahmoud after the Tazreen factory fire in November 2012 that killed more than 100 people, and he offers insights into it would take to improve labour standards in Bangladesh, and what responsibility western consumers and retailers like Joe Fresh should bear in tragedies like this. Plus, listen to the opening essay yesterday about the disaster.
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