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SAP PLM Recipe Development – Labeling – Qualitative / Allergen Label


This blog belongs to a series of blogs regrouped on the SCN page “SAP PLM Recipe Development for Beginners”.

In this chapter, we take a closer look at the Allergen Label or Qualitative Label. The term “qualitative label” refers to a broader usage, but the functionality is exactly the same as for its original use case:

  • Showing which allergens (substances) are contained in a product
  • by using simple “contains XYZ”, “does not contain XYZ” statements

Before we jump into the label, let’s first have a quick look at how the allergen related data looks like in a recipe. On the tab “Calculation Results” – “Allergens”, you can select an allergen group (here “EU14”) and see the corresponding allergens listed. For each listed allergen, you see a statement “YES” / “NO”.

In this case, “YES” means that the allergen is contained in the product and “NO” means that the allergen is not contained.

If you click on the tab “By Ingredient”, you can easily find out why a certain allergen is contained in the product and from which ingredient it actually comes from.

If you click on the actual ingredient, you can display the specification where the allergen is maintained with the value “Yes” (= is contained) – see screenshot below.

Now that we understand where the allergens come from, let’s take a look at the label. Here we no navigate to the “Label Definition” – “Qualitative Label”.

First, we need to assign the data of origin – in your case the recipe. And we also need to select an Allergen-Group (here EU14) and a rating and validity area.

As we can see in the screenshot below, the allergens belonging to allergen group “EU14” are now listed with their respective YES / NO values. Those YES / NO values are translated into a text module. Here the value corresponds to “is” which could also be “is contained” – and no corresponds to “is not” which could also be “is not contained”.

With the display flag, we can remove certain entries from our final statement. To generate the final allergen statement, we click on the button “Generate”. Here (similar to the list of ingredients), we can also change and edit the final statement.

And last but not least, we also have the possibility to use Marketing, Footnotes or Diet Statements.

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