In the Youtube video "The Journey of a Beef Cow" (with 1.1M views as of January 2018), Sam O'Nella Academy makes the claim

The FDA estimates that 93% of meat worker marriages are in shambles

No source is given anywhere in the video or in the description. I would information on both parts of the claim. In other words I would like to know if this is actually an FDA estimation, and if such an estimation is anywhere near accurate. Given the FDA is a part of the US government,the claim is likely restricted to Americans.

Here is the video immediately before the claim: https://youtu.be/MmHiZQRaso0?t=156

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    The biggest surprise in this claim is a government agency looking at the personal well-being of workers in an industry.
    – Golden Cuy
    Jan 18, 2018 at 12:48
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    The claim (assuming that it is a genuine stat in the first place of course) is meaningless without comparison to marriage status of similarly-paid workers in other industries. It's no great revelation that people in US lower on sociology-economic ladder are generally in a state of shambled marriage situation.
    – user5341
    Jan 18, 2018 at 13:15
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    And what is the definition of "in shambled" anyway?
    – gerrit
    Jan 18, 2018 at 14:44
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    Since shambles used to mean a area of slaughterhouses and butchers' shops, you wonder whether its use here was deliberate
    – Henry
    Jan 19, 2018 at 14:25
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    @JanDoggen how about a non-fictional statement made by a cartoon figure with a following of more than half a million people? I think this is a credible question if you consider the following of this YouTuber and the views on this specific video. Jan 19, 2018 at 17:25

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I messaged the creator of the video, asking:

In one of your videos you write "The FDA estimates that 93% of meat worker marriages are in shambles". is that just a joke or do you have a source for this?

Today he replied to me. I quote his reply in full:


Combine this with the facts that the happiness of a relationship is pretty difficult to quantify, and that the FDA would have no reason or mandate to pry into the personal lives of factory employees, and I think it runs against common sense that a statistic like this actually exists.

  • Was this done in public? Is it possible to link to the reply?
    – Golden Cuy
    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:02
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    No, it was a private message. I assumed he wouldn't reply to a public YouTube comment
    – Avery
    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:52
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    At least provide a screenshot of it?
    – Sklivvz
    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:40
  • I'm not surprised by this response. The video did not appear to be a video focused on accuracy. It was clearly for entertainment.
    – JMac
    Jan 21, 2018 at 16:18

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