I have a question that I am hoping someone can give me some guidance on. We are a USDA inspected meat plant that produces an RTE jerky product. We have a customer that has us place individually wrapped plastic toothpicks inside each bag. However, they are moving away from the plastic toothpicks and want to now use a bamboo toothpick that is individually wrapped in paper.
I know that clause 188.8.131.52 of the BRC states we should try to avoid the use of wood in open product areas, but with this being individually wrapped, I think it's okay. However, I am looking to see if anyone has dealt with any situation like this or any ideas or suggestions that others may have.