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Yet another factory disaster in the developing world, as at least 120 people have died in a fire that swept through a poultry processing plant in northeastern China, yet another example of questionable and inadequate safety procedures in countries outside the US.

According to the New York Times, "Chinese news reports said many of the workers who had died had been hindered from leaving the factory, the Baoyuanfeng Poultry Plant, because the exits had been blocked or inadequate. The plant began operations four years ago and was considered a major domestic poultry supplier."

New reports out of China said that the people responsible for the deaths have been arrested, but there was no further information.

Over the past few months there have been major disasters in places like Bangladesh, where a building collapse killed more than a thousand people, and Cambodia, where a ceiling collapse killed several workers and injured at least a dozen more.
KC's View:
The whole reason this factory seems to exist is to churn out as much poultry as possible for a country that is hungry for chicken. Not that there's a direct connection, but the whole reason that a different Chinese company wants to acquire Smithfield is to churn out as much pork as possible for a country that is hungry for it.

I'm not saying there is a connection. I'm just saying that it gives me pause.