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Palm Fatty Acid Distillate (PFAD) is a by-product from the physical refining of palm oil which is now the most widely used process in the major producing countries. Its scale of production is large enough  to support significant international trade in it. PFAD has very similar composition to palm acid oil (PAO), but it generally has higher FFA (over 70%), the balance being neutral oil and up to 1% moisture and impurities. Good quality material has good smell and light colour.
Its main uses are in animal feeds, including some speciality products, in soap  making and  in the production of distilled fatty acids. This product is produced in much greater volume than PAO.