Hi Rav Sperling, is it acceptable to buy any cut-up fruit from any supermarket? And is it ok to eat the cut up fruit from the non-kosher section of the cafeteria?
I'm happy to see that you're going in for a healthy diet – a big mitzvah in and of itself. May you merit to soon be back in Israel and eat from the holiness of fruits of the land, which are imbued with G-dliness (see the Bach in his commentary to the Tur, Orach Haim, 208(8) "ketav od v'yesh omrim).
For many reasons, if one is able to , they should always buy food with a rabbinic supervision. This applies to cut fruit salads also. This will guarantee that there are no problems of unclean knives, fruit from Israel that needs tithes taken, any added syrups or flavorings, non-kosher grape juice, forbidden insects, etc. So where one has the option one should buy with a hechsher.
But in places where there are no rabbinically supervised fruit options, it is permissible to buy plain fruit, even if it has been cut up. The reason for this is that there are basic halachic assumptions that we can rely upon – that today's knives are clean (certainly from fruit-processing plants), that the majority of fruit comes from outside Israel, that the labeling is honest when it says "pure fruit" etc.
For a more in depth discussion of this and other kashrut questions, see my article on eating in non-kosher restaurants.
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