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.


Jul 24, 2015 FDA Announces Supplemental Proposal to the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels

Jul 10, 2015 FDA Extends Compliance Date for Menu Labeling Rule to December 1, 2016

Jun 16, 2015 FDA Announces Final Determination that Partially Hydrogenated Oils are Not GRAS

May 21, 2015 Food Regulatory Update - April 2015

May 13, 2015 Food Court Report: Consumers Can Challenge Certified Organic Products They Believe Contain Improper Ingredients

May 01, 2015 Food Regulatory Update - March 2015

Mar 24, 2015 Country of Origin Marking Requirements


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

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


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 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...

FDA Extends Compliance Date for Menu Labeling Rule to December 1, 2016
Melvin S. Drozen,Alissa D. Jijon,Evangelia C. Pelonis, July 15, 2015
On December 1, 2014, FDA published a final rule to implement the menu labeling provisions added to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) by the Affordable Care Act.[1] Under the new requirements, restaurants or similar retail food establishments (in chains of 20 or more locations...

FDA Announces Final Determination that Partially Hydrogenated Oils are Not GRAS
Melvin S. Drozen,Alissa D. Jijon,Evangelia C. Pelonis,Laura Venker, June 24, 2015
On June 16, 2015, FDA announced its final determination that there is no longer a consensus among qualified experts that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for any use in human food.[1] In effect, PHOs will now be regulated as food additives,...

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Evangelia C. Pelonis

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


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