BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ The European Union's head office on Friday asked Germany to recall all food exports at risk of infection with mad cow disease.

EU Health and Consumer Affairs Commissioner David Byrne said Germany should immediately inform other countries of measures it is taking to combat the recent appearance of mad cow disease there.

Germany on Wednesday had announced a voluntary recall of all domestic meat products that might be infected with the disease.

``I welcome these precautionary measures but I insist that they must apply also to all meat products and meat preparations exported to all other member states and third countries,'' Byrne said.

``My overriding concern is that consumers in other member states are afforded an equal level of protection as consumers in Germany,'' he said.

Byrne added that if Germany and the food industry can't achieve that, the Commission will require the withdrawal of potentially contaminated products across the 15-nation EU.

On Wednesday, Germany's health minister urged manufacturers to recall foods made before Oct. 1 with so-called mechanically retrieved meat, where the meat was taken from carcasses. Suspect meat could be lurking in some types of cooked sausage, Andrea Fischer said.

Until October, processors were allowed to include shreds of meat from the stripped carcasses of slaughtered cattle _ including the spine, which can harbor mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

German authorities confirmed two new cases of mad cow disease Thursday, bringing the total to five since the first infections of German-born cattle were discovered last month. Austria this week banned the import of German beef.

Byrne noted that all EU countries have been involved with the scientific steering committee in evaluating the risk of mad cow disease, which emerged in Britain in the 1970s and '80s, of spreading to other countries.

He said that in March 1999, German authorities were told that it is ``likely that BSE is present even if it is not confirmed.''