Pictorial representation of the Unilever case

The E U Commission has an obligation on member states that then have a duty to inform the Commission. At the centre of the case is directive 83, 189. A national food standard which was not notified becomes a central element in a contractual dispute about the supply and payment for olive oil between Unilever Italia, U, versus Central Foods, C. U sues for payment but is met with C defence that the oil breaches national standard. C o J holds national standard to be inapplicable because of failure by state, Italy, to inform.