Government and food industry officials said Thursday a recent study done by Consumers Union on Alar residues in apples and apple juice confirmed the chemical does not pose a significant public health risk.

Consumers Union, a consumer group based in New York, released a report Wednesday that said trace amounts of Alar, a plant growth regulator, were found in three-fourths of 44 different brand-name apple juices tested.The group also said Alar residues were found in 55 percent of apples it tested.

The residues detected were well below the federal health limit for Alar of 20 parts per million.