Australians warned to cut up strawberries after people report finding needles inside

Stocks of strawberries have been replaced

The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has issued the reward over concerns for growers as well as consumers.

Queensland Health said in a Thursday tweet that "consumers should cut up strawberries before consuming them", even if they're not from one of the six named makers. "We have to come together".

In Queensland, these are the only three brands which have been confirmed as contaminated.

New South Wales Police said the number of reported incidents has been increasing, with six brands believed to have been targeted: Berry Obsession, Berry Licious, Love Berry, Donnybrook Berries, Delightful Strawberries and Oasis. He is being assessed by medics but his condition is not known.

NSW Police and Queensland Police are investigating whether the latest needles found in strawberries are the work of a copycat, or related to the original incidents.

Queensland Police told national broadcaster ABC the contamination of the strawberries - usually sold in small plastic boxes called punnets - was done "obviously to injure somebody".

"The contamination relates to what appears to be sewing needles and pins inserted in strawberries".

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Coles and Aldi have removed all brands of fresh strawberries from their shelves in every state except Western Australia.

"Police are urging anyone who finds strawberry punnets containing foreign objects to contact the police in their home state".

Dr. Jeannette Young, Queensland's chief health officer, said the Donnybrook brand would be pulled from store shelves.

Some Australians have posted photos on social media showing needles they found in their berries.

"As with all farmers who produce food for our nation, strawberry growers strive to ensure the quality, security and freshness of their produce and these spiteful incidents have been extremely disheartening and troubling", the association said.

"At this stage, please cut them up and just look to make sure they haven't been contaminated", she said.

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