Thousands of chicken nuggets rescued from a Victorian truck crash that were to be served for charity meals have ended up condemned to landfill.
About a million McDonald's chicken nuggets were damaged when a truck crashed on the Hume Highway in April and while most had to be discarded, about 200,000 were donated to the Salvation Army.
After inspection, some were served at the charity's Melbourne meal centre for vulnerable people and the rest put in cold storage, with enough nuggets to last a number of weeks.
"It's just been sensational," Salvation Army Major Brendan Nottle told AAP at the time.
However, Salvation Army spokesman Steve Speziale said the remaining stored nuggets had to be returned as part of an insurance claim process, and were weighed and dumped.
Mr Speziale said it would make sense for the Salvation Army and other charities to work with insurers to ensure that in similar incidents, goods deemed worth rescuing can be donated for those in need, rather than wasted.
"It's a conversation we'd like to start," he said on Friday.
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