Does freshly squeezed orange juice require a hashgacha? (ex: the freshly squeezed orange juice at Whole Foods)

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    Welcome to MiYodeya Aryeh and thanks for this first question. Can I recommend you take the tour to get a sense of how the site works? Great to have you learn with us! – mbloch Jun 26 '19 at 15:49
  • are they squeezing it on the spot for you, or is it sold in bottles? – Menachem Jun 26 '19 at 17:06
  • If you're talking about getting freshly squeezed OJ from a juice cart or store that squeezes the oranges in one of those automated machines, I can't envision a problem. The only items I've seen going into these machines are citrus fruits. I can't fathom grapes fitting into this machine, anyway, and even if it were, it might be nullified in 1/60 anyway. Whole oranges are stacked into the top of the machine and the machine cuts and squeezes fruits. As for a manual process, here too, usually the knife used is for just the fruits, and there's no problem cutting grape stems (cont.) – DanF Jun 26 '19 at 18:50
  • The only problem here might be if they use the same machine to make grape juice. – DanF Jun 26 '19 at 18:50
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    Another problem might be orlah and/ or ma’aser, if you’re in Israel (and orlah even outside of israel, if you know the fruit tree belongs to a Jew). – Lo ani Jun 26 '19 at 20:03

From the cRc juice list:

Fresh (refrigerated) orange juice should preferably be purchased with reliable kosher certification. If that is not available or there is a particular brand that is considerably lower in price, one may purchase orange juice that is not certified, as long as it does not contain any kosher-sensitive ingredients (e.g. colors, flavors, other juices).

practicalhalacha.com "When Hechsher NOT Needed" writes:

Pure fruit juice NOT made from concentrate (such as orange or pineapple juice) does not normally require a hechsher (except for grape juice, which always requires a hechsher!).

However, see ShulchanAruchHaRav.com's "Juice without a hashgacha" for additional considerations.

As always, safest bet is to CYLOR.

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    +1 but you might want to add the case of a machine preparing fresh orange juice on premise, which I think is the case of the OP. Like made from real oranges with nothing else (yes it exists!) – mbloch Jun 26 '19 at 15:51

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