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PHP Comparison Error

Today, I was writing a script in PHP to be used in the command line when I came across unexpected behavior (at least on my part).
The script should receive three arguments, the last of them a list containing one or more numeric codes.
Trying to validate this last argument was getting a different result than imagined.
See the code snippet that I was using:

// test.php
if (php_sapi_name() == 'cli') {
    $di = isset($argv[1]) ? $argv[1] : date('Y-m-d'); // Initial Date
    $df = isset($argv[2]) ? $argv[2] : date('Y-m-d'); // Final Date
    $prods = isset($argv[3]) ? explode(',', $argv[3]) : array(); // Code List

    ##### Validating
    // Initial Date
    if ($di != date('Y-m-d', strtotime($di))) {
        echo "\n";
        echo "ERROR! Invalid INITIAL DATE!\n";
        exit;
    }
    // Final Date
    if ($df != date('Y-m-d', strtotime($df))) {
        echo "\n";
        echo "ERRO! Invalid FINAL DATE!\n";
        exit;    
    }

    // Codes
    if (count($prods) > 0) {
        foreach ($prods as $prod) {
            if ($prod != (int)$prod) {
                echo "\n";
                echo "ERROR! The CODE " . $prod . " is invalid!\n" ;
                exit;
            }
        }
    }
    echo "DONE!";
}

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