Crude Degummed Soybean Oil Commodity Fact Sheet

WBSCM Material Description and Number


General Information

Crude Degummed Soybean Oil (CDSO) is pure but inedible soybean oil produced from fair to average quality crude soybeans. The majority of the free fatty acids and gums naturally present in soybeans are removed by hydration and mechanical or physical separation. Degumming is completed at refineries in the United States prior to export. CDSO is then shipped in bulk in tankers that must meet USDA requirements prior to departure, and repackaged upon delivery. For full product specifications refer to the USDA Commodity Requirements Document for bulk oil and tallow. 

Programming Guidance

CDSO is used in Food for Progress and Title II programming. It requires further processing, such as refinement, bleaching, deodorizing and filtration, before it is considered an edible oil to be used in cooking or food products.

USDA Nutrient Database

n/a.  See Vegetable Oil Fact Sheet for nutrition information for processed, edible soybean oil.

USDA Commodity Requirements Document

Shelf Life/Best if Used By Date (BUBD)

  • Shelf life - not applicable  
  • BUBD - not available


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United States Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency. 2013. USDA Commodity Requirements: BOT2 Bulk Oil and Tallow for Use in Export Programs. Retrieved December 4, 2013 from:

United States Soy Exports Council. 2008. How the US Oilseed and Grain Trade works. Retrieved August 21, 2012 from:

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Last updated: June 15, 2015

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