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CHHS Expert Comments on Trans Fats

The Food and Drug Administration is expanding its efforts to reduce the amount of artificial trans-unsaturated fatty acids (trans fats) in American diets. The federal agency declared trans fats unsafe for human consumption last week, giving companies three years to come into compliance with the new policy.

Trans fats have been linked to weight gain and heart disease, and the FDA says it expects the ban to prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks a year.

Elizabeth Racine is a registered dietician and associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at UNC Charlotte. She said processed foods high in trans fats are often convenient and cheap, but "we're realizing more and more that these foods are bad for our health. The government does have a role in protecting our nation’s health, so I do think it should be involved in determining what food companies can offer and put policies in place that deter the overuse of these unhealthy foods." Click here for more details.

Partnership on Advanced Manufacturing Consortium

The Coordinate Metrology Society and UNC Charlotte have won an Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.

The grant is dedicated to accelerating the growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States. These industry-driven coalitions will focus on developing and executing strategic plans to solve common technology challenges.

The CMS-UNC Charlotte team will form a consortium for large-scale, precision manufacturing innovation (CLPMI). The group will identify and prioritize the technology needs of the aerospace, defense, energy and other industries that manufacture large-scale, high accuracy parts and products.