I was thinking that it may be the collation, but I have no way of know what the production db collation is. The local one has been changed between UTF8_bin and UTF8_general_ci, to no avail. I'm seeing characters like á and what looks like a capital T, but maybe in subscript form.
I've also checked the data that's imported and saw that the original data contains things like a space before a
</strong>, at least I think it's a space.
Any thoughts? Thanks!