Dr. Deepa Bhajekar, Past President, India Section of AOAC
Dr. Deepa Bhajekar is currently Managing Director of MicroChem Silliker, India which is a premier food, agri and water testing laboratory. It is accredited by ISO 17025 for 480 tests it conducts tests in the area of nutrition primarily vitamins and micronutrients, contaminants like pesticides, antibiotics, heavy metals and microbiology. It also handles several technical projects in the area of food safety and quality. She has several technical presentations to her credit and is a member of major food organizations.
Dr. Deepa Bhajekar has been appointed as the 1st President of the India section of AOAC International. AOAC (Association of Official Analytical Chemists) is an international scientific association dedicated to analytical excellence, and the AOAC Official Methods are accepted and recognized worldwide for food analyses.
Dr. Deepa completed her PhD in Food Microbiology & specializes in solving of spoilage issues related to microbiological failures, chemical puffing, pathogen presence, breakdown of products, decreased shelf life and others on-site at the factories. She also helps in solving problems related to build-up of microorganisms in production lines in automated plants, quality problems in Packaged Drinking Water, residue issues (Chemical, Physical & Pesticides) Process modification and improvement for increased shelf life and recipe development. She has been on the board of the FSSA (Food safety and standards authority of India) on the panel for ‘Methods of Sampling and Analysis’