The use of wooden shelves, rough or otherwise, for cheese ripening does not conform to cGMP requirements.... Wooden shelves or boards cannot be adequately cleaned and sanitized.
The FDA does not have a new policy banning the use of wooden shelves in cheese-making.... Moreover, the FDA has not taken any enforcement action based solely on the use of wooden shelves.... The FDA will engage with the artisanal cheese-making community to determine whether certain types of cheeses can safely be made by aging them on wooden shelving.
Considering the beneficial effects of wood boards on cheese ripening and rind formation, the use of wood boards does not seem to present any danger of contamination by pathogenic bacteria as long as a thorough cleaning procedure is followed.