How it started. . .
In the summer of 2012, a small group of eastern cantaloupe growers came together to identify ways in which they could work cooperatively to enhance consumer and retail confidence in the Eastern cantaloupe market and supply chain. It was determined strict adherence to higher food safety standards was a key element in building consumer confidence. Utilizing the Commodity-Specific Guidelines for Cantaloupes and Netted Melons as the organization's basis, this group of growers developed a set of standards which ECGA members must adopt and follow including unannounced audits at their farms and packing facilities.