May 2, 2013 11:02 AM by Associated Press

Loblaw CEO troubled by silence of other retailers

TORONTO (AP) - The chief executive of a Canadian company says he's troubled by the "deafening silence" of other apparel retailers that used a Bangladeshi garment factory that collapsed last week.

Loblaw Inc. CEO Galen Weston said before the company's annual meeting on Thursday that as many as 30 international apparel brands were having goods manufactured in this building yet only two have come forward to speak publicly.

The illegally constructed, eight-story Rana Plaza collapsed in a heap as thousands of people worked inside in five garment factories. More than 430 are dead and 149 people are still missing.

Products for Loblaw's Joe Fresh clothing line are made there. Britain's Primark has also acknowledged it was using a factory.

Weston says he will include the structural integrity of buildings in audits of suppliers now.


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