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MaryJoy Ballantyne
MaryJoy Ballantyne
Associate
Washington +1 202 662 5933 mballantyne@cov.com Download V-card

MaryJoy Ballantyne is a member of the firm’s Food and Drug practice group, resident in the D.C. office.  Her practice focuses on food & drug law, with an emphasis on food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, OTCs, and animal products.

Ms. Ballantyne advises major food companies on a broad range of U.S. regulatory and compliance issues, including facility registration requirements, product formulation, ingredient status (food additive, GRAS), CGMP compliance, labeling, advertising, imports, exports, recalls, and regulatory reporting requirements.

  • Advise major conventional food and dietary supplement companies on preparing for and managing state and federal regulatory facility inspections and other regulatory enforcement actions.  Assist companies in drafting CGMP SOPs and responses to state and federal enforcement actions.
  • Advise major food and dietary supplement companies on strategies for minimizing risk of consumer fraud/class action litigation.  Provide regulatory strategic advice to clients involved in consumer fraud/class action litigation.
  • Review and analyze label claims and product marketing materials of major food and dietary supplement companies for compliance with FDA and FTC requirements.
  • Advise major food and dietary supplement companies in strengthening CGMP compliance.
  • Provided regulatory advice and due diligence to a multi-billion dollar dietary supplement company for a corporate acquisition.
  • Assisted clients in obtaining self-affirmed GRAS status for their products.
  • Advise major ready-to-eat food manufacturer on complying with FDA and USDA’s listeria requirements.
  • Submitted comments to FDA on behalf of major food association in response to FDA’s proposed FSMA regulations.
  • Advised restaurant and food companies in complying with new federal menu labeling requirements.
  • Advised major cosmetic company in preparing for and managing regulatory facility inspection and assisted in responding to regulatory enforcement actions.
  • Reviewed and analyzed labels in a portfolio of OTC products for compliance with FDA labeling requirements.
  • Reviewed and analyzed feed labels for compliance with federal and AAFCO requirements.
  • Conducted 50-state survey for compliance of animal health product with state requirements.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Previous Experience

Prior to law school, Ms.Ballantyne worked for several years conducting basic science research in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, infectious diseases, and neurobiology at Cornell University and University of Utah School of Medicine.  Following her years in the basic sciences, she was a Fixed Income research assistant in JP Morgan’s NY office and a policy analyst at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.