During physical refining of crude palm kernel oil, it is subjected to de-acidification. This results in the production of Palm Kernel Fatty Acid Distillate (PKFAD). Crude palm oil on refining and distillate de-acidification results in PKFAD, and on further processing produces oleo-chemicals.
- It is used in animal feed.
- It is added in detergents, soaps, bath products as surfactant, emulsifier and foaming agent.
- PKDA and their esters are used in manufacturing of intermediates in textile industry and in lubricants.