Dennis Buckmaster, Purdue Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Amanda Deering, Purdue Food Science
Scott Monroe, Purdue Extension
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) necessitates some improved records of monitoring, cleaning, training, and inspections around your farm and firm. Likely you have already learned and applied valuable information from
As a complement to that information, a “toolkit” was assembled so you can obtain and keep these records digitally in a simple manner. This “toolkit” is based on
which a cloud database platform that offers free services plus additional features for a fee. We believe it will be a rare instance for FSMA records to require the paid level of service.
Don’t let “database” scare you … these are just lists, essentially.
Since many are new to AirTable and may be also new to the FSMA records, we have generated a series of six short (whew!) videos that walk you step-by-step through the process of getting the templates, customizing them to your own needs, and getting your reports downloaded to your own computer. We encourage you to watch part 1 which demonstrates the simple forms (like the one illustrated here) and illustrates the types of records you will have. You will see that the reporting can readily be done on a smart phone (or computer) literally in seconds. If that seems applicable to you, and we believe you will find this to be true, parts 2-6 explain all you need to know to have streamlined, digital, and private yet sharable records.
You’ll want to watch these training sessions in the proper order the first time for them to make the most sense. You may want to refer back to particular section as you duplicate and deploy these templates for your operation. Be aware that this set of 6 videos will not cover all features of Airtable, but will cover all you need to know to take the FSMA Digital Records toolkit we have assembled and customize it for your operation.