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


•American Bar Association


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.


•Dec 01, 2015 Summaries of Three FSMA Final Rules - Foreign Supplier Verification Program, Third-Party Accreditation Program, and Produce Safety Standards
•Nov 13, 2015 FDA Issues Final Rules to Implement FSMA Produce Safety, FSVP, and Third-Party Auditor Provisions
•Nov 11, 2015 FDA Seeks Comments on the Meaning of Natural
•Sep 25, 2015 Keller and Heckman Summary of Final Rule on CGMPs and HARPC for Food for Animals
•Sep 21, 2015 Keller and Heckman Summary of Human HARPC Final Rule
•Sep 10, 2015 FDA Issues Final Rules to Implement FSMA HARPC Provisions
•Aug 04, 2015 FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Declaration of Small Amounts of Nutrients and Dietary Ingredients on Nutrition Labels


•Oct 08, 2015 Webinar: Update: FDA's Final Determination on Transfat and Related Litigation
•Aug 12, 2015 Webinar: GMO Labeling: Part 2 The Current and Future Status of GMO Labeling
•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


•Mar 17, 2016 CLE International's Inaugural Food Law Conference
•Nov 17, 2015 Proposed Changes in USA Food Law
•Sep 15, 2015 Eve Pelonis to Present at FDLI FSMA Finals Rules Webinar
•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


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FDA Issues Final Rules to Implement FSMA Produce Safety, FSVP, and Third-Party Auditor Provisions
Melvin S. Drozen,Evangelia C. Pelonis,Laura D. Venker, January 7, 2016
FDA has issued its long-awaited final rules to implement the produce safety, foreign supplier verification program (FSVP), and accredited third-party certification provisions under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rules are scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on...

FDA Seeks Comments on the Meaning of "Natural"
Melvin S. Drozen,Alissa D. Jijon,Evangelia C. Pelonis, November 20, 2015
As food industry stakeholders are well aware, the use of the term “natural” in food labeling and advertising is fraught with ambiguity and risk of challenge. FDA’s informal policy is that “natural” means nothing artificial or synthetic (including all color additives...

FDA Announces Supplemental Proposal to the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels
Alissa D. Jijon,Evangelia C. Pelonis,Frederick A. Stearns, August 11, 2015
Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of a proposal that supplements the March 3, 2014 proposed rule that would revise the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label requirements. The supplement would require inclusion of the percent daily value (% DV) for added...

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Evangelia C. Pelonis

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


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