Evangelia C. Pelonis: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Evangelia C. Pelonis

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Advertising and Promotion
  • Biotechnology
  • Food & Drug
  • International Regulatory Affairs
University Johns Hopkins University, B.A., International Studies, 1999
Law SchoolCatholic University of America, J.D., 2003
Admitted2003, New Jersey; 2004, District of Columbia


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Evangelia C. Pelonis joined Keller and Heckman in 2003 as a Food and Drug Associate. Ms. Pelonis' practice focuses on all regulatory and compliance matters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture relating to human food, animal feed, food additives and ingredients, and dietary supplements. Ms. Pelonis' works with clients to achieve their marketing goals within the applicable legal frameworks. She counsels clients in all aspects of food development and marketing, from product formulation and manufacturing considerations to food labeling and advertising.

Ms. Pelonis regularly assists clients with issues involving:

•Review of food labeling and promotional material, including appropriate common or usual names, ingredient declarations, nutrition labeling, health claims, nutrient content claims, structure function claims, allergen labeling, organic labeling
•Review of substantiation for labeling and advertising claims
•Food safety and preparing self-determined GRAS positions and GRAS Notifications for submission to FDA
•FDA enforcement actions and responses to Warning Letters
•Compliance with FDA's Bioterrorism regulations
•Assisting clients with product recalls and reports to the Reportable Food Registry
•Import and export issues regulated by FDA, Customs and USDA, including assisting companies in gaining release of detained products and removal from Import Alert
•International food regulatory matters

While in law school, Ms. Pelonis received a Certificate in Law and Public Policy and was a Note and Comment Editor for the CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy.

Jan 03, 2012 Keller and Heckman Elects New Partner and Names New Counsel for 2012
Oct 26, 2011 FDA Releases Guidance Document on Administrative Detention Under FSMA
Jun 08, 2009 Eve Pelonis quoted in the April 27th issue of Food Chemical News
Mar 26, 2009 Food Allergen Labeling Without Allergen Thresholds

Jan 15, 2015 GMO Labeling Webinar: Making Non-GM Claims and Update on Federal and State GM Bills
May 06, 2014 TSCA & FDA Seminar - Indianapolis, IN
Apr 01, 2014 Practical Food Law Seminar - San Francisco, CA - April 1-3, 2014
Jun 08, 2011 The Food Safety Modernization Act's Whistleblower Provision Webinar

Mar 24, 2015 Country of Origin Marking Requirements
Mar 23, 2015 Food Regulatory Update - February 2015
Feb 20, 2015 Food Regulatory Update - January 2015
Feb 06, 2015 Food Regulatory Update - December 2014
Jan 08, 2015 Navigating FDA and USDA Reporting/Notification Requirements for Adulterated and Misbranded Food
Dec 19, 2014 Food Regulatory Update - November 2014
Nov 26, 2014 FDA Issues Final Rules on Menu and Vending Machine Nutrition Labeling Requirements


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FDA-Regulated Industry Litigation Update regarding "Made in the U.S.A." Claims
Melvin S. Drozen,Alissa D. Jijon,Richard F. Mann,Evangelia C. Pelonis,Frederick A. Stearns, April 15, 2015
We look forward to having you join us for our upcoming webinar, “Made in the U.S.A.” Claims: A Marketer's Guide. Relatedly, we are writing with an update on a recent litigation development in the “Made in the U.S.A.” claim arena, particularly as it may have implications for...

Country of Origin Marking Requirements
Evangelia C. Pelonis,Laura Venker, April 1, 2015
Rules of origin are used to determine the country of origin (COO) of a product for purposes of international trade. The COO of merchandise can affect, among other things, admissibility, rate of duty, eligibility for special programs, and marking requirements.

FDA Issues Final Rules on Menu and Vending Machine Nutrition Labeling Requirements
Melvin S. Drozen,Richard F. Mann,Evangelia C. Pelonis, December 10, 2014
On November 25, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released final regulations implementing nutrition labeling requirements for retail food establishments and vending machines. The regulations implement Section 4205 from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which amended Section...

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Evangelia C. Pelonis

Suite 500 West, 1001 G Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20001


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