The National Chicken Council has said that it appreciates the work of Congress to limit the final regulations to the requirements of the 2008 Farm Bill, but is "disappointed that the final rule still includes provisions estimated to cost the chicken industry as much as $55.5 million annually."

According to Council President Mike Brown, the provisions will be burdensome on the industry, which has struggled financially in the current difficult economic climate and record-high costs of production. "We will work with our members to facilitate compliance with the rule when it takes effect on February 7, 2012," said Brown.