The Center for Food Safety, which filed a lawsuit against the USDA, said the federal agency may have come under pressure from Monsanto Co. to grant approval for its Roundup Ready alfalfa, according to aLos Angeles Times report by David Pierson. The group alleged that the product poses many risks.

In an email statement, Monsanto dismissed the group’s characterization of the biotech alfalfa.

"Many thousands of farmers across the U.S. currently grow Roundup Ready alfalfa, corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar beets and canola," the company said. "Each of these crops was subjected to thorough scientific review by three separate federal agencies before reaching the market; none presents the types of risks CFS alleges."

The USDA did not comment to the L.A. Times. 

—Summarized by FG staff from cited source