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Ricardo Carvajal
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Mr. Carvajal provides FDA and FTC regulatory counseling and litigation support to manufacturers and marketers of foods (including dietary supplements and medical foods), cosmetics, and OTC drugs. He has substantial experience with all food and dietary supplement issues, including recalls, Reportable Food Registry issues, and GMP and HACCP compliance issues. He also has substantial experience with labeling and advertising issues, including those that arise from the use of health, nutrient content, structure/function, and disease claims. Mr. Carvajal counsels product developers on regulatory strategy, including requirements pertaining to self-determinations of GRAS status and determinations of new dietary ingredient status. He also serves on due diligence review teams for major acquisitions and initial public offerings, and provides expert opinions on FDA regulatory matters. He has particular expertise in the regulation of products derived through biotechnology and nanotechnology.

From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Carvajal served as Associate Chief Counsel in FDA's Office of Chief Counsel, where his work was recognized with several individual and team awards. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Food and Drug Law Institute Monographs, and served as Chair of the Public Policy Outreach and Implementation Task Force of the Institute of Food Technologists.

Mr. Carvajal holds a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and an M.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.