The chemical used to make soft PVC toys is safe despite claims to the contrary by Greenpeace, an industry group said yesterday. The Association of International Chemical Manufacturers regretted that Greenpeace continued to make the claims when 40 years of scientific research showed the chemical was safe. It said an independent panel of leading scientists concluded in June that it was safe after reviewing the scientific literature. The documents evaluated potential risks from two of the most important phthalates, including the di-isononyl phthalate used in soft PVC toys. 'On the basis of this evidence, the panel concluded that DINP is not carcinogenic,' the association said. 'Neither does it have any harmful effect on children and adults.' This week, Greenpeace staged a sticker campaign in chain store Toys 'R' Us targeting PVC toys.