Palm Fatty Acid Distillate (PFAD) is a by-product of the crude palm oil refinery plant. Palm Fatty Acid Distillate (PFAD) is taken as a distillate of stripping tower of Free Fatty Acid (FFA). It is a light brown solid at room temperature, melting to a brown liquid on heating. Palm Fatty Acid Distillate melting point is 60 ºC.
During harvest and transportation, oil palm fruit will start degrading because of normal bruising. Fats in the fruits will degrade more with an increase in transportation time. These degraded fats are then being removed to create a food quality standard palm oil fruit. These excesses that are being removed is non-food grade PFAD.
It is used as a feedstock for many different products of animal feeds such as calcium soap for animal feed.
It is used as a low-cost raw material for biodiesel production.
It is used to produce fatty alcohol and fatty acid esters used in cosmetic industries.
It is used to manufacture laundry and toilet grade soap noodles depending on oils blend and ratios.
It is used to produce food emulsifiers, foam stabilizers, water repellants and to extract vitamin E.