South Korea is implementing a "total ban" on mixing antibiotics with animal feed that will go into effect in July, according to the government.

The ban will enhance the safety of local meat and dairy products, according to the industry. In accordance with the new rules, the use of eight varieties of antibiotics will be prohibited, along with one antimicrobial agent. Prior to 2005, the country allowed 44 varieties of antibiotics to be mixed with feed.

The ban will not affect the ability of veterinarians to inject antibiotics into sick animals.