It is so easy to get bogged down! We want to build two new maturing rooms, one for a natural rinded cheese and one other. Having been to a fair few other dairies and looked at their maturing rooms, everyone has wooden shelving. Stainless steel is so expensive!
Now, we have a grade A at BRC and they are very particular about wood. I can even quote from the appropriate section from Issue 5 of the BRC:
4.8.5 ‘In areas where a risk assessment (yes, the dreaded risk assessment, again!) has identified the potential for product contamination from wood, the use of wood shall be excluded. Where the use of wood cannot be avoided, and the risk is managed, the condition of the wood shall be regularly checked to ensure it is in good condition and clean’.
I have just run it by our BRC auditor and he has said we can use wooden shelves as long as they are in good condition, no sharp edges and we include it as part of our documented checks. So there you go!