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Is there a problem removing a sticker that was on your apple, orange, etc. on Shabbos?

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Removing stickers from food can be done on Shabbos per Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita, see Binyan Shabbos page 68. Refer to Shemiras Shabbos K’hilchoso 15:79

https://thehalacha.com/wp-content/uploads/Vol3Issue14.pdf#page=5

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The Chabad website AskTheRav.com offers a lengthy analysis of the matter in Hebrew. It concludes in English:

To avoid all shaalos, one should cut out the fruit around the sticker and leave some fruit with the sticker.

(Source.)

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of course you can remove the sticker, it's not part of the fruit. you're not making something new, they are two whole and complete objects. the affixing of the sticker is not permanent, therefore it's not binyan or soser, much like tying and untying shoelaces.

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    But it could be tofer/korea, like gluing things together, or maybe even borrer, like peeling certain foods.
    – Double AA
    Commented May 8, 2013 at 12:54
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    This answer would be much more valuable if backed up by sources.
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented May 8, 2013 at 13:48

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