Afternoon Coffee: Salmonella Risk Prompts Ritz Cracker Recall, China Pushes to Become Apple’s OLED Screen Supplier

Mondelez recalled some of its Ritz cracker products Saturday due to a possible salmonella risk from contaminated whey powder, the New York Times reports. The decision, which the company called a “precautionary measure,” was intended to proactively protect consumers from getting sick. As of Monday afternoon, no illnesses connected to the products had been reported.

Chinese OLED Screens 

The supplier ecosystem supporting Apple’s iPhone is vast and lucrative, and China wants to capture a larger portion of the pie, The Wall Street Journal reports. BOE Technology Group, which already manufacturers display screens for Apple’s iPads and MacBook laptops, is seeking to prove it can produce OLED display screens, the technologically complex display used in Apple’s flagship product.

Amazon Patent 

Robots are a well-known feature of Amazon’s warehouses, but a recent patent paints a picture of a yet-unknown inventory management capability: chucking stock across the room. As GeekWire reports, a 27-page patent published Tuesday describes robotic arms or manipulators that can “use sensors to identify objects, figure out how best to grab onto them, calculate the required trajectories and fling the objects into chutes or bins.”

Tariff Hearing

And finally, a trade update: The U.S. Trade Representative will hold public hearings July 24 and 25 to allow comment on its proposal for $16 billion worth of new tariffs on Chinese goods, Reuters reports. The proposed tariffs are in response to China’s practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation, the USTR’s office said in a statement.

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