The meat grinder has been the subject of several complaints in the last two weeks, with customers in the South Australian capital of Adelaide complaining of the noise and smell of the machine and having to close it down for repairs.
Mr Walker said he had seen complaints from customers who had had their cuts of beef eaten and were left with sore throats and headaches, but Mr Walker remained confident the beef would be safe.
“It’s been a bit of a struggle for me to get into a meat grinders place, but it’s not going to be that bad,” he said.
“We’re just trying to keep it in check and see if the process is safe.”
Mr Walker also told the ABC the meat grimmer had been inspected several times by animal welfare officers and the inspection reports were “quite positive”.
The meat was being stored in a freezer until a new grinder could be built to handle the load, Mr Walker told the program.
“The meat grinner is only a single person, so the meat that is going to get through is just going to end up in one place.”
Mr Scott said while the meat inspection was still being done, it was “a good step” in reducing meatborne disease.
He said the beef market had grown by more than 30 per cent in the past year, which was a result of more meat being imported.
“I think we’ve really helped the beef industry,” he told the show.
“For the last few years it’s been pretty hard to get people into the market, and there’s been really good growth, but this is a step in the right direction.”
In an interview with ABC NewsRadio’s The National, Mr Scott also revealed the beef meat that had been bought in the meat market had been stored in sealed, refrigerated bags and stored in boxes for six months.
Mr Scott and the Meat Grinder Association have since begun to distribute the meat to retailers and farmers.
Mr Staley said the meat inspectors were “very concerned” about the meat being shipped to consumers in the US.
He had been worried about the safety of the meat, but “we’re not worried at all about it”.