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I am specifically referring to Coconut Oil. I know that my question is similar to this one: Is Extra virgin olive oil kosher by default? but My question is also about non-olive oils. Due to the huge olive oil industry there is a large profit to be made in manufacturing fraudulent products which is part of the analysis as to whether or not to permit (extra virgin) olive oil without a hechsher. In addition the product I have says: Free of: Milk, eggs, peanuts, shellfish, fish, soy, gluten, titanium dioxide. The specific product I am referring to can be seen here: http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-extra-virgin-certified-organic-coconut-oil-54-fl-oz-10

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Per the CRC-Chicago it requires a Hechsher.

Q: Does extra virgin coconut oil require hashgacha?

A: Extra virgin coconut oil does require a hechsher.

Rabbi Abe Sharp responded to my e-mail sent to the CRC-Chicago why a Hashgacha is necessary for extra virgin coconut oil.

It may be due to equipment issues and cross-contamination with non-kosher productions.

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Yeyasher kochacha on the research effort. –  Isaac Moses Jul 31 '13 at 19:03

Based on the OK article I mentioned in this answer, coconut oil would need a hechsher.

According to the Wikipedia article on coconut oil, all the different methods of creating coconut oil involve cooking or baking the coconut, and some of the methods involve additives.

The OK article discusses the concerns involved in oil production, and how Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the exception, since it is a cold press with no further processing.

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The product I referred to says that this extra virgin coconut oil is cold pressed and %100 unrefined. Does that mean, according to the OK article, that it would not need a hechsher? –  Gavriel Aug 1 '13 at 18:12
    
@Gabi: As always, for practical advice, CYLOR. I don't know what goes into cold pressing extra virgin coconut oil, but see the process explained here: wildernessfamilynaturals.com/category/… . Even though it is cold-pressed, they dehydrate the coconut first. Contrast this with extra virgin olive oil, where they just press the olive. –  Menachem Aug 1 '13 at 18:25
    
See evolvingwellness.com/essay/…: Coconut oil is processed normally using expeller-pressed or cold-pressed technology. Expeller pressing is a chemical-free mechanical process that extracts oil from seeds and nuts. The temperature reached during pressing depends on the hardness of the nut or seed. The harder the nut or seed, the more pressure required to extract the oil, which in turn creates more friction and higher heat... –  Menachem Aug 1 '13 at 18:31
    
...Oils that are cold pressed are expeller pressed in a heat-controlled environment to keep temperatures below 49ºC or 120ºF degrees. -- Note that that temperature may be Yad Soledet, according to some opinions: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/9239/603 –  Menachem Aug 1 '13 at 18:32

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