Another Cheese Shortage? String Cheese Shelves are Hanging on by a Thread

02/05/2014 at 02:25 PM ET

Kraft String CHeese

Just when you thought it was safe … the #cheesepocalypse is back.

Only weeks after “prepared cheese product” devotees climbed out from the depths that was the  Velveeta shortage, Kraft confirmed to Fox News that we won’t be seeing its Polly-O string cheese for a while, either.

In October, the FDA announced Kraft’s recall of 735,000 cases of string cheese, a result of the product spoiling before its “best when used by” date. Three months later, consumers are still searching the shelves amid new reports that Polly-O may not reappear until March, or perhaps even midsummer.

Until then, supermarkets are encouraging shoppers to try something new, lest your lunchbox go empty — say, string cheese from Organic Valley, Horizon or Sargento, suggests one dairy manager in the Fox News report.

Will snack time ever be the same? For those really in need of a fake cheese fix, head north of the border: “The affected product was not distributed in Canada,” the FDA states.

—Brooke Showell

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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