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Bhakti Petigara Harp
Bhakti Petigara Harp Bhakti Petigara Harp joined FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors (OCAC) as a chemist in 2000. Her current responsibilities include research and methods development for color additives and other components using various analytical techniques including HPLC, mass spectrometry, gas chromatography, and TLC-videodensitometry for the agency’s color certification program. She also is a technical expert and troubleshooter to support the FDA district laboratories in regulatory actions concerning the analysis of atypical samples of food, drugs and cosmetics containing organic color additives. In addition, Bhakti performs chemistry reviews of data establishing chemical identity, composition, stability, and manufacture of color additives submitted in support of color additive petitions. Bhakti earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Maryland in College Park, Md.


Alan M. Tart
Alan M. Tart Alan Tart received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Berry College in Rome, GA. In 1997, after a short stint of teaching high school biology and physical science, Alan joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Microbiologist in FDA’s Southeast Regional Laboratory.


In 1999, Alan became a Regional Retail Food Specialist. Alan's responsibilities include performing food safety surveillance and oversight for Special Security Events like the G8 Summit and Olympics and disaster relief efforts such as Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Gustav and representing FDA on numerous national food safety and food defense committees.


In 2004, Alan was elected by his peers to serve as Co-Team Leader for the FDA National Retail Food Field Team. In this capacity, Alan serves as a member of FDA’s Retail Food Steering Committee that is responsible for formulating and coordinating the Agency’s strategic plan and policy on retail food safety issues.


Alan is a recent graduate of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board Leadership Government Program – a distinctive program that is designed to enhance the team building, leveraging, and interpersonal skills of government leaders. This program provides essential training to government leaders in such topics as emergency preparedness, recruitment and retention of the best and brightest employees, conflict resolution, communication, and community engagement.




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